More Claims for Higher Fares
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MEW charges on Leeds Corporation L `41 buses and trams have been tuthorized by the Yorkshire Licensing kuthority. A workmen's minimum return of 7d, had been proposed, but + his. was refused, and a 5d. ticket will 3e available for stages where the revised single fare is 3d. Children's rates will be modified as a result of the grant, the age limit having been raised D 15. On the trams, the 21d, ticket las been abolished, and on the buses he 2id. and 30. tickets have been vithdrawn.
An increase of 25 per cent. on )rdinary and return fares, and of 331 per cent, on season-ticket rates, is ruggested by the East Kent Road Car
Ltd. It is proposed to withdraw return tickets up to a value of Is. 3d. and to abolish scholars' privilege vouchers. Since April, 1950, the general manager stated last week, bigher fuel prices and wages had advanced costs by £155,000 a year. since the war. over Lim. had been spent DO vehicle replacement. The concern was now operating 579, vehicles, carrying 871m. passengers over 18m. miles annually.
Belfast Corporation has decided to introduce a minimum fare of 2d., which would be available for the same stage length as at present. The lid. ticket would be abolished. Since January, it was stated, last week, operating costs had risen by £49,000 a year.
Darwen Corporation has been given permission by the North-western Licensing Authority to increase all adult ordinary fares by -id. The application was heard last September and an interim increase granted in January.
The elimination of id, units in the fares schedules and the retention of the Id. fare have been approved by Eastbourne Corporation as measures to deal with a revenue deficiency of £21,000 a year. Higher rates for children are another feature of the new scales proposed.
Coventry Corporation, requiring an additional £76,000, is considering a general increase of all fares. It is believed that the abolition of return tickets, which would have overcome the undertaking's financial difficulties, has been opposed by the trade unions. Additions of between id. and 4d. to all fares on six services have been proposed by City of Oxford Motor Services, Ltd. The application is now before the Western Licensing Authority. Another application before this Authority, lodged by the Devon Genera! Omnibus and Touring Co., Ltd., calls for higher charges for special late-night bus services, run to dances, carnivals, etc., in Torquay, Paignton and Newton Abbot.