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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LRPC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1950-1992
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 13.3 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Regional Passenger Committee; London Transport Users Committee x London Travelwatch.


Administrative/Biographical history:

London Regional Passengers' Committee (LRPC), official watchdog for transport in the capital, was established by the London Regional Transport Act 1984 and derived duties in relation to national railways under the Railways Act 1993 as amended by the Transport Act 2000. Funded by central government, its role was to investigate complaints, conduct independent research and publish reports on transport issues, maintain a dialogue with transport operators and assess the impact of a proposed station or line closure.

Prior to 1984 it was known as London Transport Passengers Committee (LTPC), a body sponsored by the Greater London Council (GLC). This originated from the Transport Users Consultative Committee for London formed in circa 1950. This initial Committee formed part of a system of national and regional advisory committees set up to represent the public interest upon the creation of the British Transport Commission in 1947.

The LRPC was succeeded by the London Transport Users' Committee (LTUC) (known as London Travelwatch), in 2000 under the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It continued to have a statutory basis in previous Acts of Parliament and therefore while funded by the London Assembly remained separate from the Greater London Authority.

In 2010 the LTUC consisted of 21 members, plus a Chair appointed by the London Assembly (part of the Greater London Authority) usually for either two or four years, with around 25 part and full-time staff.

LTUC powers in representing the interests of transport users in and around London included:
- the duty to consider matters raised with it by or on behalf of the users of transport services in its remit;
- the right to be consulted on a wide range of issues related to transport provision in London;
- the power to refer matters to the Strategic Rail Authority when it is not satisfied with the actions of a train operator;
- the power to determine its own procedures.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the London Regional Passenger Committee, including minutes, 1986 - 1992; reports, 1987 - 1992; press releases, 1988 - 1992; Quality of Service sub-committee minutes, 1986 - 1990; Information and Facilities sub-committee minutes, 1987 - 1992; minutes of advisory panel on public transport for people with disabilities, 1987 - 1989; Service Provision sub-committee minutes, 1986 - 1990; Performance Monitoring sub-committee minutes, 1986; annual reports, 1987 - 1992; correspondence regarding London Transport appeals, 1984 - 1991 and British Rail appeals, 1985 - 1989.

Also minutes of predecessor body the Transport Users Consultative Committee for London, 1950 - 1984 and annual reports, 1951 - 1961; and minutes of the Transport Users Consultative Committee, 1950 - 1984.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LRPC/01: Registry,
LRPC/02: Minutes of TUCCL;
LRPC/03: Audiotapes of committee meetings;
LRPC/04: Registry;
LRPC/05: Committee minutes, reports;
LRPC/06: Correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

Access by written permission only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright for this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from London Residiary Body (LRB) via Modern Records Section, Greater London Record Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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