Welcome to the website for the British Transport Police Federation
One vitally important battle which the Federation fought in the early 1960s concerned the very existence of the force in its present form. The Transport Bill of 1962 provided for the breaking up of the British Transport Commission into the Railways, Docks, London Transport and Waterways Boards. The force would have been dispersed among those bodies.
The Federation fought long and hard to keep a unified force to serve those boards and succeeded in getting an amendment introduced in the House of Commons which provided for such a force. The amendment was carried.
No sooner had this threat been countered than redundancy following the Beeching Axe raised its ugly head. Eventually, reasonably satisfactory arrangements were negotiated.