Birmingham Corporation Tramcar, Birmingham Street, Oldbury
- Reference Number: PHS/2678
- PreviousNumbers: 5787
- PreviousNumbers: LP 242
- Date: 29 Aug 1939
- Level: Item
- Extent: 1 item
- History Note: When privately owned tramway companies proposed the laying of tramlines and the beginning of services in the Birmingham area. The Birmingham Corporation who were responsible for the upkeep of the roads considered the proposals by the tramway companies as being 'objectionable'. They did not want private companies laying tramlines on their roads, and therefore petitioned Parliament for legislation to regulate the construction and working of tramways. The result of this petition by Birmingham and other cities was the Tramways Act 1870. This Act allowed local authorities to construct tramways on the authority of orders granted by the Board of Trade. Once built, the tramways had to be leased to private operators; local authorities were not normally allowed to run services themselves. The Birmingham Corporation Act of 1903 empowered Birmingham Corporation to operate its own tramways, instead of just building the lines and leasing them out. When the leases held by privately owned companies bagan to expire, the Birmingham Corporation took over the running of the services. The first lease to expire was iat the end of 1903, and so the first Birmingham Corporation Tramways service went into operation in January 1904. 1939 saw the last of the Birmingham Corporation trams operating; the services being replaced by omnibuses. However from 1904 until the short-lived local government reorganisation of the 1960s and subsequent privatisation, Birmingham Corporation provided virtually all of the city's road passenger transport needs.
- Description: A black and white photograph of the Tramcar No.154, on the No.87 route travels down Birmingham Street in Oldbury, en route to Birmingham. The narrow clearance between the tramlines meant that trams could not pass each other on this section of the route Photographer: unknown
- Copyright: Out of copyright
- Access Status: Open
- Contact: Sandwell Archives, Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
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