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13th April 1905, Page 3
13th April 1905
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The service between Dover and Lydd has been sanctioned by the Dover Town Council subject to the proviso that there shall be no competition with the Corporation electric trams.

A service of Milnes-Dahnler omnibuses will shortly be put in operation by the L. and N.W. Railway Company from Holywell Station to Holywell town. Another will be organised between Flint and Mold.

A committee of the Chester Town Council which visited the Olympia Show in February has reported in favour of electric trams for.the town generally, and in favour of motor omhibuses as feeders in outside districts, The tie in the House of Commons which resulted in the Speaker's giving his casting vote to insure a further discussion on the question of tram lines across the bridges forebodes the rejection of the L.C.C. proposals for Embankment tramways. Mr. Richard. Tilling continues his campaign against the financial proposals of the Council.

The London Omnibus Owners' Federation is laying information against London County Council tramcar drivers who exceed the Board of Trade limits of speeds at various points in South London. This action appears to be shortsighted, as it will not improbably hasten the grant of increased speeds except at curves of small radius and on sharp declivities.

Mr. J. Clifton Robinson doubts whether men who have all their lives been used to horses will have sufficient technical knowledge of machinery to successfully direct the operations of motor buses. We should quote Mr, Robinson's own success in electric traction as the refutation of this argument, whilst it must further be remembered that engineers are also available to direct motor omnibus concerns.

The G.W.R. service between Cheddar and Burnham was inaugurated, on the 7th. Three Clarkson steam buses, single deck type, are used and will give a service of four trips in each direction daily.

The G.E.Ry. services in Essex will begin in about seven weeks. The vehicles will work from Chelmsford, Colchester, and Clacton Stations in conjunction with the London trains.

Complaints are already reaching the daily Press as to the difficulty of boarding the motor buses in London. The drivers seem in too much hurry to get each trip through and perhaps the unwise System a paying by trip and not by day wages is responsible for the grumbles from the public.

The G.W. Railway service of motor omnibuses between Windsor and Ascot began last week. The journey of seven miles is performed in forty-five minutes at a charge of one !A-tilling. There is a great feeling .in Ascot that the innovation will spoil the quietness of that residential district, but the convenience of the service is unquestioned.

Mr. J. Williams Benn, M.P., in supporting a re-construction vote of ,4;351,900 for the L.C.C. conduit system of electric tratnways, stated that 436 trams passed the Elephant and Castle during one hour : they would need a thousand motor omnibuses to carry the same number of passengers. This is true only of the busiest hours, for an equal number of motor omnibuses would take all the passengers during the greater part of the day, as must be obvious when it is noted that the tramcars average less than twenty passengers per car mile. The difficulty which faces the motor omnibus is to take the " peak" of the load—the problem in all passenger services.

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