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Former Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Attlee nationalised the railways
1940s
1940 There are about 20,000 miles of railway routes in Britain

1947 There are about 19,853 miles of railway routes in Britain.

1948 The railways are nationalised after Clement Attlee's Labour government passes the Transport Act and creates British Railways. Rail travel was seen by Atlee as a public service rather than a profit-making enterprise.

London's transport is now controlled by the nationalised London Transport Executive.

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