Filling in NaPTAN fields usefully means describing stops so they are meaningful to users.
This can be useful, for example:
- where the locality, street and common name share the same words - Firshill, Firshill Glade, Firshill Crescent
- where the stop is known informally by a landmark, such as a church, but uses the name of the street
When you use a journey planner, the planner often uses the NPTG locality information about a place (a set of co-ordinates for each locality) to plan your journey to that destination.
For example, if using the term “Carlisle” a journey planner would use the NPTG locality co-ordinate information for Carlisle to plan your journey. That might include giving you options about different kinds of transport you could use to get there, including bus or train.
However, searching for Carlisle train station would give you the NaPTAN stop information about that stop, including the street it is on and where you can find stops for other kinds of public transport nearby.
When you provide meaningful stop descriptions, that allows the user to understand where they are, where they need to be and how to get there.