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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/BSL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1963-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.15 linear metres (18 files).
Name of creator(s): Broad Street/Richmond Line Joint Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1850 the North London Railway began operating services from Camden Town to Poplar, and then on into the East End. In 1851 the line was extended to Hampstead where it joined with the London and North Western Railway, and in 1858 it was connected to a branch of the London and South Western Railway to Richmond. In 1865 the line was further extended in the east so that the terminus was Broad Street station, situated adjacent to Liverpool Street Station.

By 1900 Broad Street station was the third busiest in London (after Liverpool Street and Victoria). During the Second World War the line was badly bombed and the East End portion was closed. Trains continued to run to the badly damaged Broad Street station, but the development of Tube and bus networks had significantly reduced the passenger numbers. The station was not repaired and the main part of it was closed in 1950, although two platforms continued to operate.

In 1963 Richard Beeching was appointed Chairman of the British Transport Commission with the brief to reduce British Rail spending. He achieved this by announcing extensive cuts in what has become known as the 'Beeching Axe'. Broad Street was one of the stations earmarked for closure. However, local opposition saved the station and it continued running until 1985 when it was finally closed. The Broadgate office development stands on the site.

In 1979 the line between Richmond and Dalston via Gospel Oak became the North London Line, and in 2010 is part of the London Overground network.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Broad Street/Richmond Line Joint Committee, including minutes of meeting of the Joint Committee; minutes of meetings with Members of Parliament including the Minister of Transport; correspondence; press releases and publicity material; financial records; Hansard reports on the Parliamentary debate on railways; and press cuttings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/BSL-1: Minutes and Correspondence; A/BSL-2: Accounts; A/BSL-3: Related Documentation.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Greater London Record Office [now LMA], 15 December 1965.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Save the Broad Street/Richmond Line (Hampstead) Committee have also been deposited in the London Metropolitan Archives, ref: A/BSH.

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:
June to August 2010.

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