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Only Three Coaches May Serve Bakewell Show

7th November 1958
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APPLY1NG for seven new excursions from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbys, Eric Bowers Coaches, Ltd., found opposition to only one when they appeared before the Western Traffic Commissioners last week. Their request for a link with Bakewell was opposed by British Railways; Trent Motor Traction Co., Ltd.; and North Western Road Car Co., Ltd. All the objectors were concerned about traffic to the Bakewell Show, held every August.

Mr. H. Backhouse, for Bowers', said they wanted the period of Operation for all the excursions to extend from April to October, although the Bakewell service would operate only at show time. The coach would go to the show and stay there all day to be used as a headquarters by passengers. At present, all the routes to Bakewell involved changes.

Mr. E. W. Bowers, managing director, said there had been many requests from the local farming population for facilities at the time of the show, and in the past he had operated on a private-hire system with two coaches for farming organizations. Two booking agents supported the evidence of demand.

Mr. T. Booth, for the railways, said it was odd that no flgures had been produced and no farmers had given evidence. For North Western and Trent, Mr. J. Green asked for an assurance that no coaches would double back once they reached Bakewell.

Mr. F. Williamson, chairman, suggested that a condition could be added to the licence stipulating that only three vehicles should be operated to the show. This was agreed upon, and the excursion application was granted. Bowers' were also allowed to increase fares and to change their starting point.

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