A NEW EAST-COAST SERVICE.
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A London-Harwich Route to be Operated in the New Year by 1930-model All-weather Coaches.
ALONDON operating concern which has made good headway is George Ewer and Co., of 78, Leonard Street, E.C.2, and, for the forthcoming year, further developments have been framed by the company. To-morrow (ranuary 1st) a new service will be operated between London and Harwich and Dovercourt Bay, the route being via Colchester. Licences have been obtained from the provincial authorities and Scotland Yard has sanctioned the service. There will be two departures daily from each terminus, namely at 8.30 a.m. and
p.m., the London terminus being the Charing Cross Embankment. On Fridays and .Saturdays there -will be an extra departue at 1.30 p.m. each way. George Ewer and Co. has purchased six new Leyland Tiger coaches, partly for the purposes of the new service and partly for use on the present services connecting London with Ipswich, Colchester and Felixstowe, also the MarchOctober services which link London with Bournemouth and Yarmouth.
Incidentally, there are at present five departures daily in each direction op the London, Colchester and Ipswich route and two coaches each way daily on the London-Felixstowe service. For Colchester And Ipswich the coaches leate London (Charing Cross Embankment) at 9 a.m. 'arid 11130 a.m., 2 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., and in the opposite direction the departures from the provincial terminus are at .8 a.m.'
and 10 a.m., 2 .p.m, 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. For Felixstowe the departure times from London are 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., London-bound coaches leaving Felixstowe at 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The new Leyland Tigers have bodies constructed by London Lorries, Ltd., of Kentish Town, London, N., and all are 31-seaters having two near-side doors. Their luggage accommodation is arranged partly under a false floor and partly in valance lockers. The transverse seats are finished in grey figured moquette, the exterior being painted emerald green with a fabric covering above the waist rail.
George Ewer and Co. has 30 coaches in its fleet, which is certainly a most modern team, for the oldest coach in service is a, 1929 model. The company uses many Maudslay vehicles, which have proved extremely satisfactory. Mr. Ewer told us that he had advance bookings for quite 1,000 passengers who had arranged to travel on Christmas Eve.