This film is part of Free

The Big City

Personal stories from the Londoners who rely on a successful and reliable transport system

Travelogue 1940 6 mins


Experience the pageant of work-a-day urban life in the big smoke as Londoners explain their reliance on the buses, trains and trams of the London Transport System. Factory workers and dockers feature as a stevedore is interviewed outside his home with his wife. In the financial area of London, bank employees inspect pound notes. Chorus girls rehearse a tap dance routine in a club. Housewives come up to town for shopping. Office workers go about their business, students arrive at the British Museum - and all rely on public transport.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.