Norfolk Motor Excursions Bid Adjourned
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,A, N application by Norfolk Motor it Services Ltd., of Great Yarmouth, for a backing licence in respect of two new eightand nine-day excursions and tours from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to Blackpool, was adjourned by the North Western Traffic Commissioners at Manchester on Monday.
Mr. A. S. Blackburn, general manager of the applicant company, said he found it odd that Ribble Motor Services Ltd. continued in their objection when the original application had been granted in the Eastern traffic area. He added that at the previous hearing Ribble had been unable to produce evidence to show any fully inclusive tours between the same destinations.
At this point Mr, F. D. Walker, for Ribble, said that he was not objecting to the application on the grounds of abstraction but to " the undesirable features in the mechanics of the application ". Mr. Blackburn continued and said that he already operated two-, threeand five-day tours to Blackpool and he was seeking to vary this licence by adding eightand nine-day excursions and a further setting down point at Squires Gate Airport from where customers could start trips to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Eire. During the summer season of 1964 his coaches had carried an average of 33 passengers and 99 per cent of this traffic originated from Lowestoft and Yarmouth. Recently he had been granted another picking-up point at NorWich. His company was small in size when compared with the objectors, he said, yet was the second largest in East Anglia and catered mainly for local inhabitants in the originating areas. Previously there had • been an excursion to Fleetwood where passengers had been able to sail to the Isle of Man and Ireland, but following the closure of this trip he had managed to arrange tours with Aer Lingus air services from Squires Gate.
Agreement OR Terms
In cross-examination by Mr. Walker, Mr. Blackburn agreed that in 1949 only two-, threeand five-day tours were operated to the illuminations at Blackpool. In 1956, this was increased to cover the whole season. In 1964, some 250 people were carried on the five-day tours on seven occasions. The two-day operation was run on two occasions and that was for the illuminations only. The three-day tour was not operated at all. After an adjournment an agreement was reached between the two parties, with the licence to read: "To operate tours to (a) Blackpool, two, three and five days; (b) Blackpool, eight and nine days; (c) Isle of Man, eight and nine days; (d) Northern Ireland, eight and nine days; (e) Eire, eight and nine days.
The Commissioners finally decided to reserve their decision because of a pending appeal concerning the applicant's grant in July of a picking-up point at Norwich in which the present objectors were the appellants.
Fare reduced to match !
PROPRIETRESS of a small family bus i business, Mrs. Nellie Cropley, 62
ear-old widow, of Fosdyke, Lines, was successful in her application to the East Midland Traffic Commissioners at Lincoln last week for permission to continue to charge lower fares than the Lincolnshire Road Car Co. Ltd. is charging for the same journeys. Mr. Leonard Cropley, the applicant's son and driver, said that fares were increasing to the point when fewer people were travelling by bus and this they wished to stop.
For the Lincolnshire Road Car Company, it was stated that fares would be reduced by the Id, or 2d. in question to bring them into line with the Cropley fare scale if the Commissioners wished, and an order was made to that effect.