London Transport Aldenham Bus Overhaul Works Trade Union Records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Joint trades works committee minutes, 1949-82; JTWC and Management meetings: minutes, 1952-83; various committee minutes, 1952-85.

Amalgamated Engineering Union. Aldenham Works Shop Committee : minutes and papers, 1955-84.

London Transport Chiswick Works : minutes, 1950-76

Administrative / Biographical History

The London Transport bus overhaul works were developed in 1956 on a 67 acre site at Aldenham, Hertfordshire, originally intended for car sheds for the proposed Northern Line Bushey Heath extension, and used in the Second World War for aircraft production. London Transport's Bus Works Restructuring Programme, 1983-4, was followed in October 1985 by the decision to discontinue the practice of completely overhauling each bus every four or five years. As a result, it was decided to close the Aldenham Works, transferring its activities to the older and and smaller maintenance depot at Chiswick, and selling the Aldenham site for redevelopment.

Reference: G.J. Child, 'Aldenham Bus Works', Journal of the Watford and District Industrial History Society, no.15, pp.15-17. 1989.

Conditions Governing Access


Custodial History

Several boxes of minutes and correspondence were deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan on the 18th September 1986. The records were collected from the Aldenham Works JTWC office.