MT 37/10

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Inquiry into London traffic and highway improvements

Date range1930-1935
LocationNational Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseSeries MT, subseries MT 37


By the middle of the 1930s the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee had spent several years working to improve the flow of traffic in London and had formed a view that it required a comprehensive survey of traffic levels and patterns so that it could make more informed decisions about where to focus investment and whether more substantial interventions were necessary, such as new roads or destructive junction improvements.

The culmination of this was a concerted effort to carry out traffic surveys across London, and the creation of a report on the state of congestion in the city. Ultimately this work began the process that led to the Highway Development Survey of 1937.

Contents of note

  • A folder with a large amount of traffic census data.
  • Multiple drafts of the report on congestion and recommendations on how to deal with it, followed by a more or less final version.
  • Lots of data collected for the report - more traffic counts, bus delay information, correspondence with various parties to obtain it and the like.
  • A sample of Chris's DNA, deposited here in the form of several small drops of blood when he unexpectedly had a nosebleed in the reading room.
  • List of road schemes then in preparation or under construction in 1934 in the LHCTAC area, along with estimated costs.

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has a partial copy.