BRIEF ITEMS OF NEWS FROM THE TRAFFIC AREAS
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Suspended Service Causes Indignation. INDIGNATION is being expressed in
Springwell, Eighton Banks and Wrekenton at the action of the Northern Traffic Commissioners in suspending the service operated between the district and Newcastle by Mr. a. L. Harwood. It is said that he should have been given time in which to fulfil his contracts with members of the public holding season tickets. Washington
Urban District Council is being asked to consider a public protest being made against, the refusal to authorize Mr. Harwood's service.
Bus Tickets in Newcastle.
THE Northern Traffic Commissioners
have announced that the period during which the new 12-journey bus tickets can be used has been extended from 14 days to a month.
Buses Replace Scarborough Trams. THE Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners have sanctioned the displacement of five of the tramway services in the Scarborough district by bus services. The Commissioners were informed by Scarborough Corporation that a tentative agreement had been reached in March this year whereby the corporation undertook to take over the Scarborough Tramways Co. The corporation at the same time entered into negotiations with United Automobile Services, Ltd, with a view to arranging bus services if the council decided to do away with the trains. The negotiations were, however, subject to a Bill which has now received Royal assent, and the corporation is now prepared to substitute a bus service, The Commissioners have granted a formal application' by United Automobile Services, Ltd., for temporary authority to run five bus services.
The Roadways Federation, Ltd.
'WITH reference to the announcement of a new organization to protect the interests of road travel and transport, which was made on page 211 of our issue dated September 29th, owing to requirements of the registrar the name has had to be altered to the Roadways Federation, Ltd. • the offices are at 89, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.
The names of two more founder members are now known, and the following is a complete list, mentioning the names of the individuals who will represent the respective companies :—
Central London (Road Transport) Station, Ltd., Mr. H. M. Perryman.
Coach Travels, Ltd. (The London Terminal • Coach Station), Mr. W. Featonby. National Coachways, Ltd., Mr. E. F. Lynn. Tourist Motor Coaches [Southampton), Ltd., Mr. S. H. Ra1150111.
Great Western Express Ca., Ltd., Mr. G. Nowen.
Majestic Express Motors, Ltd., Mr. P. D, Sleeman. •
Premier Line; Ltd,, Mr. F. Schiffer.
Skylark Motor Coach Co., Ltd. Mr, C. Dobbs. Glentonlars (Road Coaches.), LtcL, Mt, J.
Glenton Friars. • Coachways, Ltd., Mr, P.H. R.. Harris. Thanet " Express Coaches, Mr. 4. W. Ban gham.
Carlisle Inquiry This Week.
AN inquiry by the Northern Area
Traffic Comniissioners into the Carlisle road-traffic problem, which is expected to last four or five days, is to open in Carlisle to-day (October 13th). The arrangements in connection,with the proposed co-ordination scheme of the Ribble concern and its allied companies will be fully explained to the Commissioners, ;when their applications to operate on the .various routes inside and outside the city will be investigated. Several other bus companies have lodged objections to the application. Carlisle City Council has withdrawn its application.
L.G.O.C. Winter Schedule Starts.
Tab winter programme of the London General Omnibus Co., Ltd., was instituted last Wednesday, October 7th.
• This involves a decrease in the frequency of certain country services and the cancellation of some country sections of route, with a corresponding increase in frequency upon certain of the in-town services. On the same date the rebuilt Upton Park Garage and the Clay Hall Garage, Bow, were re-opened, Doctor Supports Licence Application.
TIE village doctor at Lea dhills sup. ported an application to the Southern Scottish Traffic Commissioners by Mr. W. Wallace, for permission to continue a service every Monday between Leadbills and Lanark Market. The doctor said that he often dispatched medicines for his patients by the evening bus from Lanark: The application was opposed by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co., which stated that it had opened a light railway for the convenience of 'farmers, but the passenger traffic had, in recent years, decreased, by reason of lvIr. Wallis's service, Railway Not Opposed to Road Transport.
IT was submitted at a recent meeting of the North Western Traffie Commissioners, on behalf of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co., that the last thing the railway wished to do was to stifle road transport in its infancy. This statement was made when the services between Blackpool, Manchester and Oldham were being considered, and it was pointed out that some coach operators had started with one or two vehicles, but were now extending on an excursion-fare basis into the territory developed by scheduled operators.
For the L.M.S. it was stated that the rail and scheduled services were ade quate. Rail passenger traffic between . Manchester and Blackpool had decreased from 650,000. in 1927 to 567,000 last year. On behalf of the Blackpool coach owners it was stated that there were 45 operators in Blackpool, employing 250 vehicles.
Stabilized Fares in Midlands. THE various bus concerns working between Derby and Borrowash and Nottingham recently decided to stabilize fares on all services and accordingly new rates came into force a few days ago.
Return Railway Tickets Discarded. THE fact that railway passengers
often threw away the return halves of their tickets and paid the coach fare, because of the over-crowding and inconvenience of the trains on the LondonSouthend service, was recently revealed by the Metropolitan Traffic Commissioner. The railway company had said that it provided adequate facilities for the public and that day-return services by road were unnecessary.
Solent Line Winter Sersice.
FOR the winter service of Solent
Coaches, Ltd., which is now in force, the fares between London and Portsmouth and Southsea are : single Os., day return 7s. 6d., period return 10s. 6d. Coaches leave the London Terminal Coach Station at 8.45 a.m., 2.15 p.m., 6.45 p.m. and 8.45 p.m., also on Saturdays. Sundays and Bank Holidays at 11.45 p.m. In the opposite direction coaches leave St. Michael's Road, Sonthsea, at 8 a.m. and Clarence Pier, Southsea, at 10.50 a.m., 1.50 p.m. and 6.50 p.m.
Protests Against Licence Refusal.
A MASS meeting of residents of the parishes of Hockley (including Hullbridge), Hawkwell, Rochford, Rayleigh and Thundersley recently registered a strong protest against the action of the Eastern Traffic Commissioners in refusing licences to the A.J.S. bus concern. The Minister of Transport was petitioned to reverse the decision of the• Traffic Commissioners.
Support for the appeal, which is pending by the A.J.S. concern, was forthcoming also from the Hadleigh Municipal Association.
• Opposing Passenger Transport Bill.
THE Association of LondonOmnibus Proprietors, Ltd., MS sent to all Con' servative and Liberal Members of Parliament a letter urging that proceedings with the London Passenger Transport Bill should not he continued.
Anomaly Over Children's Fares.
A PECULIAR fares anomaly was mentioned at the recent Berwick sitting of the Northern Area Traffic Commissioners, at Berwick, last week. It was mentioned that whilst in the Southern Scotland area bug owners were permitted to charge, for children under 14 years of age, two-thirds of the ordinary fare, in the North of England children were carried at half rate. This presented considerable difficulty to undertakings working services between England and Scotland. The chairman, Mr. Henry Riches, said that the matter would receive attention.
New M.H.C.S.A. Committee.
THE new management committee of the Motor Hirers' and Coach Services Association, Ltd., the 15 members of which were listed on page 249 of our issue for last week, held its first sitting on October 6th.
One proposal brought forward was that meetings should be held in different localities in and around London to see if operators would come together and take. an interegt in their own affairs. The address of the secretary remains unchanged, this being 12, Spring Street, London, W2.