Railways Must Be Considered
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(AN the recommendation of his V inspector, Mr. E. C. P. Lascelles, the Minister of Transport dismissed the appeal of W. Robinson and Sons (Great Harwood), Ltd., against the refusal of the North-western Licensing Authority to grant licences for express services from Blackburn, Burnley, Great Harwood to the Norfolk Broads and Great Yarmoulh. The Licensing Authority also refdsed permission to continue a licence for excursions and tours from Great Harwood to the Norfolk Broads with extra vehicles and an extended period of operation. The respondent was the Railway Executive. In both the application and the appeal, the appellant argued that the • service could be operated either as an express service or on an excursion and tour licence. The question was whether the number of vehicles granted and the railway service available provided a reasonable choice of transport.
For the appellant it was slated that the railway service was unsuitable for all travellers, because booking was not possible, the station was a long way from the harbour at Great Yarmouth, where the passengers would be bound for holidays on the Norfolk Broads, and provisions for the transport of luggage were inadequate.
The inspector held that the provisions made by the Railway Executive to deal with the traffic on this route had to be considered, and he supported the Licensing Authority's decision.
A ,PAPER entitled "Transport and I-1 the Tourist Industry" is to be read to the Institute of Transport at 66, Portland Place, London, W.1, at 5.45 p.m. on January 14 by Mr. E. L. Taylor, an executive of the British• Electr:c Traction Co.. Ltd., and deputy chairman of the British Travel . and Holidays Association. The paper which was to have been read at that meeting has been cancelled.
CHANGE OF OPERATOR
PERMISSION has been granted to R. and M. Motors, Ltd., Great Whittington, to continue .bus services between Hexham and Morpeth formerly run by Bedlington and District Luxury Coaches. Ltd., following a change of ownership of the latter concern.