This website tells the story of Britain's famous red telephone box. There are profiles of the different telephone boxes, a timeline, facts and figures and photographs, along with profiles of Britain's other street kiosks, including police boxes and motoring organisation boxes.
Parliament Square in London, is a popular location for tourists. More often that not, along with the historic buildings lining the square including the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, tourists will pause to have their pictures taken standing alongside or inside one of the red telephone boxes.
The Telephone Box has become an icon of British design, alongside the black taxi and the Routemaster bus. It is part of this nation's heritage and identity. However, from a peak of over 70,000 in the 1980s, today there only 11,000 red telephone kiosks surviving in public service.
In 1985 the recently privatised British Telecom announced a £160 million modernisation scheme for the public telephone network inherited from the General Post Office. The first, the KX100, was the most commonly installed variant of a new series of kiosks. The KX kiosks were introduced at a rate of 5,000 a year with the BT network reaching 137,000 kiosks by 1999. Yet even the number of these kiosks has... Read more »