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16th February 1911
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Applications from interested parties who are inclined to seek permission to rim a motorbus service in Shrewsbury should be addressed to the Chairman of the Watch Committee, care of the Town Clerk, Shrewsbury.

The last of the Torquay motorbuses was heard last week. Three obsoletetype vehicles, in an ''incomplete condition," which, before the Torbayroad tramway extension, maintained a service there for a while, were sold at scrap prices.

An action brought by the Reorganization and Control Syndicate, Ltd., against the International Motor Traffic Syndicate, Ltd., and the Brighton. Hove and Preston United Omnibus Co., Ltd., was commenced before Mr. Justice Neville on the 7th inst.

Why this Change ?

Sir Herbert Jekyll, the head of the Traffic Branch of the Board of Trade, appears to us to have executed a remarkable volte face during the year 1910. In our opinion, he has overlooked the maintained improvement in motorbus working, to which he gave such prominence in his previous report, and we are wholly at a loss to account for his present benediction upon electric-tramcar development, which he severely criticised on the previous occasion. His change of attitude appears to us to be most inconsistent (!•ee pages 494 and 495).

With reference to a " One Hears" paragraph in our last issue, which drew attention to the keen competition that existed between two rival motorbus companies on the ChathamMaidstone main road, Mr. W. F. French, whose company has now been serving this route for nearly three years, informs us that the competition is not of his seeking, but that the newcomer, Road Motors, Ltd., which at present is running a smart singledecker, has chosen, in some instances, the same " times." The case is one for arrangement. • Eastbourne is not in favour of the South Coast Saloon Motnrbus scheme. Worthing wants to know more about the scheme. So do we.

Messrs. Edward Butterworth and Sons, of Blackpool, are seeking to substitute a motor char-à-banes for one of their horse-drawn vehicles, but the TOWTI.• Council is divided as to the advisability of such a. transference.

Following upon a letter from the Editor of this journal, a letter from the Solicitor was read before the Commercial-Vehicle Committee of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Ltd., with regard to the provisions of various Bills dealing with trackless-trolley propositions that are now before Parliament.

We have every reason to believe that the Great Eastern and London General companies will announce a " merger " within the next few hours, and we are fully satisfied that the scheme is a good one for all concerned. It should relieve the L.G.O.C. of tenacious competition, and be of benefit to its shareholders in other ways.

, The ten vehicles which Messrs. Andrew Barton Bros., of Beeston, are despatching to the Anglo-Brazilian Motor Transport Co., for service in Rio de Janeiro, and 3-ton Ryknields, Barton's purchased 13 of these machines from the Ryknield Co., of Burton-on-Trent. Three of the consign ment are already on the way out, aM, the remainder is now being fitted with bodies. Dook-Swain and ShrewsburyChalliner tires have been supplied.

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