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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1297/LTE
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1947-1964
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.42 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Transport Executive | 1947-1963


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1929 the London County Council tramways, the Underground railways and the London General Omnibus Company proposed to coordinate their services. It was not until 1933, however, that the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) was established by law. During the Second World War the government assumed control of the LPTB, and remained in charge until 1947.

The LPTB became the London Transport Executive (LTE) in 1948, under the Transport Act 1947. The LTE was publicy owned and was part of the British Transport Commission, which also ran British Rail. In 1963, under the 1962 Transport Act, the London Transport Executive became the London Transport Board, reporting to the Minister of Transport. The company continued to use the name "London Transport" in public, as it had done since 1933.

The LTE was mainly responsible for the repair and reconstruction of Tube stations and lines damaged during the Second World War. The Central line was completed and the entire Tube network fully electrified during this period. The LTE also oversaw the removal of all trams and trolleybuses from London and the introduction of the "Routemaster" bus.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London Transport Executive, including scheme of delegation of functions to the London Transport Executive by the British Transport Commission; traffic circulars for buses and railways; annual reports 1953-1962; and publicity materials including brochures and pamphlets.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1297/LTE/01: BTC Functions;
ACC/1297/LTE/04: Traffic Circulars;
ACC/1297/LTE/10: Annual Reports;
ACC/1297/LTE/19: Publicity Material.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1975 as part of an accession of records from London Transport.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also P250 ACC/1687.

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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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