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Freeze will not stop fares increase

11th May 1973, Page 57
11th May 1973
Page 57
Page 57, 11th May 1973 — Freeze will not stop fares increase
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Despite the Government's prices freeze, two Yorkshire local authority undertakings are to increase their fares on May 14.

Mr R. S. Thornton, the chairman of the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners, decided in Leeds last. week to grant an application by Halifax Passenger Transport and Calderdale Joint Omnibus Committee to raise fares by 24 per cent and 16 per cent. The increases mean an addition of up to 2p on services operated by the two undertakings.

On announcing that he was prepared to grant the applications, Mr Thornton said that he and the Commissioners were quite satisfied that the two undertakings needed a fares increase. He added that had the increases been greater they would have still been within the Government's price control legislation in that no company was expected to maintain existing prices while operating at a loss.

Earlier, Mr G. Hilditch, general manager of both undertakings, had disclosed that it was estimated that Halifax Passenger Transport would incur a loss of £58,000 in the present financial year and a deficit of £155,000 next year if the present fare scale was not increased. Calderdale JOC, he said, was in a similar position and would lose £111,000 this year and £255,000 next year.

Council objects to 50 pc increase

• Lanchester (Durham) Rural Council is objecting to an application by NBC for higher fares. Mr Lance Britton, clerk of the council, said it was proposed to raise some fares from 2p to 3p. This represented a rise of 50 per cent on a short journey.

SRPTA president

• Mr Ronald Cox, director-general of the Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive, is president of the Scottish Road Passenger Transport Association and not as stated in CM, April 27.

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