East Kent Depends on Summer Traffic.
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A LTHOUGH increased fares came tIL into effect during July, a second application to raise charges has had to be made by the East Kent Road Car Co.. Ltd., as it is not expected that the extra revenue from the 1951 advance will be sufficient.
Mr. R. P. Beddow, chairman, made this statement at the company's recent annual general meeting Winter and early-spring traffic had been light, he said. The later part of the spring brought better results, hut summer receipts were disappointing.
It was difficult to assess the effects of Festival of Britain celebrations in various towns, but the South Bank exhibition and the Battersea Festival Gardens helped traffic from the coast and country to London. It had, however, the opposite effect on day-return passenger traffic from London. The company was largely dependent on its slimmer traffic to carry it through the year.
Proposals had been made that 99-year leases should be taken on sites in Canterbury and Folkestone for the erection of bus stations!
SHELL OUT FOR SERVICE. STATIONS I AST Monday, Mr. C. M. Vignoles, Lb 0.B.E, managing director of ShellMex. and B.P., Ltd., announced a competition for British architects, to improve the design of petrol filling and service stations. It is in three sections --a country service station, a suburban or"neighbourhood" type, and one for a main motorway.
The Shell awards will be two prizes of £300 and £150 in each section, Two additional sums of £25 will be awarded in each section for designs which include features of special interest. Drawings entered and models of the winning designs will be exhibited in London and provincial centres. Those winning will also be published in booklet folio.
rhree well-known architects have been appointed as assessors and judges. The president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Mr. A. Graham Henderson, E.R.I.B.A., has expressed his approval of the scheme.
COACH OPERATORS AS
"RECRUITING AGENTS" COACH proprietors have been
found to be acting as recruiting agents for cotton mills, according to the annual report of the Wigan Youth Employment Committee. To obtain juvenile labour, it says, some employers offer a commencing wage of £3 Is. a week, rising to £4 is. after four weeks.
The report adds: "In addition, the firms provide free coach travel to and from Rochdale. It has been discovered that the coach proprietors themselves arc acting as recruiting agents for the mills and. this was not considered to be a satisfactory state of affairs by the youth employment committee."
An article on transport arrangements tor mill workers and others appears on pages 618-620 of this issue.