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Edinburgh in the black again

15th October 1971
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Page 32, 15th October 1971 — Edinburgh in the black again
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Keywords : Business / Finance

• Edinburgh Corporation Transport is running at a profit for the first time in about five years; for the year ended May 28 there was a credit palance of £203,102 which will help offset -the outstanding cumulative deficit of £375,405.

The most visible aspect of increasing productivity, reported transport manager Mr Ronald Cox, was the greater use of o-m-o buses. However, he sounded a warning about the future. "Very serious delays in the delivery of vehicles suitable for one-man operation, which were due in the spring and early summer of 1971, and which will not now be completed until the early months of 1972. are resulting in an increased wage bill of approximately £2500 a week since it is necessary to continue two-man operations on routes which would otherwise have been converted to one-man operation," he said.

With the additional burden of wage-rise demands, Mr Cox doubted whether the ensuing financial year would be as favourable as the last.

Traffic congestion had continued to present problems in spite of the use of sophisticated communications equipment. It was regrettable that the department could not guarantee the regular on-time operation of any service in the city, Mr Cox said.


People: Ronald Cox
Locations: Edinburgh

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