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The act which nationalised the 'big four' private railway companies to create British Railways.

Please note that this Act is presented in its original form as passed. This Act may have been amended by subsequent legislation. For details of amendments please see the UK Statute Law Database at

This document was published on 6th August 1947 by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

It was written by Her Majesty's Government.

The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 176 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from John Salmon and is in our Primary legislation collection. It was added to the Archive on 10th May 2006.

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"An Act to provide for the establishment of a British Transport Commission concerned with transport... to provide for the transfer... of undertakings, parts of undertakings, property, rights, obligations and liabilities, to amend the law relating to transport..."


27th November 1946
Transport Bill 1946

6th August 1947
Transport Act 1947

British Railways: The New Organisation

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