Ordnance Survey brings back road maps because people don't like sat-navs

Ordnance Survey scrapped its road maps series eight years ago because of declining demand as people turned to technology such as sat-navs instead.

But now the company has brought back the maps of the UK because of popular demand from people who say digital mapping is too ‘restrictive’.

“Sat-navs and digital mapping are fantastic for getting road users from A to B, but they can be very restrictive when it comes to more leisurely driving and discovering something new,” explains Ordnance Survey Leisure’s managing director, Nick Giles.

“Since we last published OS Road, we have had a constant stream of customers telling us that the beauty of the road map is in laying it out on the table to study and plan with.”

For the first time the road maps, which have a new design to their predecessors, will show designated beaches and National Parks visitor centres.

Giles added: “At a glance, information and new places to explore leap out. The maps make you very curious to learn about this country and see more of it. So due to the overwhelming interest to see them return, we decided the time was right to bring these handy glovebox-sized maps back.”

Printed in 1:250,000 scale, the Ordnance Survey road maps cover the whole of Great Britain, split over eight maps. They cost £5.99 each and will be updated every two years.