transport for london corporate archive 

The London Passenger Transport Board was set up in 1933, bringing together a number of tramways, underground railways and bus companies which provided public transport in the capital. The Board was nationalised in 1948, becoming a subsidiary of the British Transport Commission, who had been appointed to oversee the railways, road transport, the waterways and the docks through five Executives. The Board was renamed as the London Transport Executive. The London Transport Executive was replaced by the London Transport Board in 1963, until the Greater London Council was given authority for public transport in the capital in 1969. The GLC exercised these powers through an executive agency, the London Transport Executive, until 1984 when the powers were transferred to a new public body, London Regional Transport. Between 1933 and 2000, these organisations were known as London Transport.

In 2000 Transport for London, an executive agency of the General London Authority, was set up and took over responsibility for public transport in London from London Regional Transport. Transport for London's archive holds records relating to the management of pension schemes of a number of its predecessors and subsidiaries, as well as a variety of minutes which reveal London Transport's pensions strategy. Key holdings are summarised below. Details of how to access these materials can be found on the TfL Corporate Archive's website: some of the records are liable to remain closed to the public due to the inclusion of personal data in the records themselves or due to FOI exemptions.

Records on the management and operation of the following pension funds:

  • Metropolitan Railway Pension Fund and Metropolitan Railway Supplementary Pension Fund (records include 145 bundles, folders, papers and volumes of pension certificates, correspondence and memoranda and accounts and agreement books, 1901-1995);
  • London Transport Staff Superannuation Fund (records include 36 booklets, folders, papers and volumes of minute books, cash books, reports and accounts, 1912-1983);
  • London Transport Pension Fund/ Scheme (records include 57 booklets, leaflets, papers and volumes of reports, minutes of meetings, accounts, and correspondence and papers of London Transport Pension Fund Trustees Limited, 1925-1990);
  • London Transport (Administrative and Supervisory) Staff Superannuation Fund and the London Transport 1970 Superannuation Fund (records include 110 folders, papers and volumes of reports, memoranda and minutes, 1965-1980). The 1970 scheme was established by the London Transport Executive in December 1970. It merged with the London Transport (Administrative and Supervisory) Staff Superannuation Fund in the 1980s and then with the main London Transport Pension Fund on 1 Apr 1989; and
  • London Regional Transport Pension Fund/Scheme.

There are also some records relating to the following funds, although these are less comprehensive:

  • Omnibus, Railways [Tramways] and Equipment Companies’ Staff Superannuation Fund (records include a journal covering 1913-1962 and a computation of accrued liability in respect of potential contributors from the 1930s);
  • London Transport Voluntary Pension Fund (records include minute book, copy of rules and correspondence concerning membership from the 1950s);
  • London Transport (Railways) Clerical Staff Benefit Fund;
  • London General Omnibus Company’s, London Transport (County Buses), London Tranpsort (County Buses and Coaches) and London Transport (Central Road Services) employees’ friendly societies (the latter became the Transport Friendly Society in 1993);
  • London Transport (Male Wages Grade) Pension Fund (wound up 2000);
  • British Transport Commission (Male Wages Grades) Pension Scheme;
  • Great Central Railway Pension/Superannuation Fund (records include copies of Parliamentary Acts and rules books);
  • Great Northern Railway Company Pension/Superannuation Fund (records include copy of the rule book);
  • Railway Clearing System Superannuation Fund; and
  • Railway Benevolent Institution, Lost Property Employee’s Benefit Fund and London Transport Benevolent Fund.

The archive also includes:

  • Correspondence, memoranda and minutes of meetings concerning requests by trades unions (including ASLEF and the National Union of Railwaymen) that London Passenger Transport Board establish a pension scheme for its paid railway workers, with a detailed report of the scheme proposed by NUR (1939-1945);
  • A report on British Railway Board/Waterloo & City and Underground Extensions Railway Limited’s pension schemes;
  • Records relating to pension arrangements for staff of: London Forest Travel Ltd; London Buses Limited; and London Transport Advertising Limited; and
  • Records relating to London Transport Executive employees who had previously been employed on London County Council’s tramways or other local government transport and were transferred from the London County Council Superannuation and Provident Fund or other Local Government Superannuation Funds.

The Pensions Archive Trust - Registered Charity No. 1122633    

Chairman - Alan Herbert     Secretary - Peter Dawes