Reference HO 207/1064
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 7 (South Western): Plymouth: use of tunnels as public shelters refused by railway authorities
Former Department Reference PLY/21/4
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Air raid shelters, Transport and travel
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 7: South Western (Bristol HQ)
Locations Plymouth
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, County Borough Councils


A file of documents relating to the conversion of certain Southern Railway tunnels for use as public air-raid shelters in Plymouth County Borough. Subjects discussed in the file include a proposal for shelter provisions in sections of the railway as a contingency plan after recent heavy bombing; the general shelter position in Plymouth, including the sufficient coverage of the population by domestic shelters such as Anderson shelters; and the impact of the heavy raids, including the use of high-explosive bombs and the resulting casualties. Other subjects discussed include the history of shelter construction prior to the war; the costs of waterproofing and strengthening shelters for a new type of incendiary bomb; the potential costs of amenities for the railway shelters; the accommodation capacity of the railway shelters; and a rejection of the proposal due to labour shortages and the potential railway traffic issues that it could cause.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, amenities, bedding, civilian casualties, construction, construction materials, defence works, demographics, emergency procedures, finance, fires, high-explosive bombs, housing, incendiary bombs, infrastructure, labour shortages, labour supply, local authorities, metals, Munich Crisis, prices, railways, roads, steel, traffic

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