Sheffield a Longdistance Terminal ?
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THE possibility of Sheffield becoming a terminal for long-distance coach services was suggested by Mr. Ben Goodfellow, general manager of Sheffield United Tours, Ltd., after the grant of licences to his company to operate express services to Ilfracombe during Sheffield's holidays, and to Bournemouth during July and August.
The grant was made by the Yorkshire Licensing Authority, who recently allowed another Sheffield operator, Mr. C. G. Littlewood, to run an express service to Torquay.
Mr. Goodfellow said the grant of the licences might well foreshadow developments in express services so far as Sheffield was concerned. For far too long it had had to rely on services from other centres for long-distance coach travel when it should be a terminal point in its own right.
In an interview with a representative of The Commercial Motor, Mr. Littlewood said he was pleased that his largest competitor had been granted licences to enter the long-distance express-service field.
"There is scope in Sheffield, without anyone doing the other any harm, and I certainly agree with Mr. Goodfellow that it is time Sheffield had more of its own express coach services and became a terminal point."
WOLVERHAMPTON SERVICE CHANGES HANDS
THE West Midland Licensing
Authority has authorized G. H. Austin and Sons, Ltd., Stafford, to take over the Oakengates—Wolverhampton service previously operated by Messrs. G. Cooper and Son, Oakengates. To enable them to use doubledeck buses on the service, which will save considerable mileage by eliminating single-deckers, Austins have made certain alterations to the route.
A fare increase of 15 per cent. has also been approved, and intermediate traffic will be carried on the greater part of the service. This was hitherto disallowed, because Austins operated the local stage service and protection was imposed by the Licensing Authority.