Progressive Strategies of Municipal Trading: The policies of the London County Council Tramways c. 1891-1914

David Anthony Turner, Kevin Daniel Tennent

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This paper explores the role played by municipal traders in the development of fin
de siècle London's tramway system. Influenced by progressive politics, the Highways
Committee of the London County Council developed a trading organisation that also had a
social mission of improving living and working conditions for tramway users and employees
alike. The Committee also enacted major urban change through the Kingsway Tunnel Project,
which was an exemplar of their commitment to combining financial and social profit. We
conclude that the committee's mission reflected a deep commitment to social and economic
improvement far beyond the transport sphere alone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalBusiness History
Early online date25 Mar 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Mar 2019

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  • Tramways, Municipal Trading, Political Ideology, Strategic Decision-making, Transport Policy

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