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RAILWAY OPPOSITION FAILS IN MANCHESTER
A T a public sitting of the North
Western Traffic Commissioners, held in Manchester last week, the Lancashire United Transport and Power Co., Ltd., and Leigh Corporation were applicants for authority to run a bus service from Leigh to Burton's new factory, on the East Lanes Road. The L.U.T. also applied for a service from Atherton to the factory.
When a previous application for a short-term licence was made, the railway opposition was on the ground of co-ordination of existing facilities, which, in this case, would be buses to Leigh station, and buzies from Worsley station to the 'factory.
For the L.U.T., it was contended that buses from Worsley station would be a hopelessly . unremunerative service, and that it was unreasonable to expect passengers to make two changes —bus to train and train to bus—on a seven-mile journey Important witnesses were heard. The manager of the factory said that, in choosing the site, it had been calculated that labour would he secured from Leigh, but some hands, which had started from there, had given up because of the difficulties of transport.
Employees also gave evidence in support of the proposed bus services, and the three applications weie granted for an experimental period of nine months.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION BY OPERATOR OF ONE VEHICLE.
A N application by Mr. F. B. Stark, of Binbrook, to run a service from
Louth market place to Binbrook, for the benefit of men employed in erecting Binbrook aerodrome, has been granted. The application was opposed by the Lincolnshire Road Car Co., on the grounds that Mr. Stark had only one vehicle and did not run a regular service.
TIMPSONS AGAIN SPECIFY A.E.C.s.
THE Associated Equipment Co., Ltd., has received an order from A. Timpson and Sons, .Ltd., the wellknown South London coach-operating concern, for an additional 12 Regal petrol-engined coaches. This operator has ordered 195 A.E.C. machines in the past 10 years, and has Regent, Regal and Reliance vehicles in its fleet.
BUS OF ADVANCED DESIGN FOR MOSCOW
A CCORDING to Renter's trade serPA. vice from Moscow, a new motorbus has just been put into service in Moscow. In size and general appearance it resembles a trolleybus without the trolley.
The engine is at the rear of the vehicle, which provides for a more comfortable seat for the driver.
The interior furnishing is of chromium-plated tubing, and the cushions and seat-backs are upholstered in light-blue leather. For the first time a special ceiling for lighting has been installed, giving an even distribution of light throughout the interior.
An electric contact, in the pneumatically controlled doors, prevents them closing until a passenger is well inside the bus. The vehicle is fitted with pneumatic and mechanical brakes.
In the event of a threatened accident the conductor, or one of the passengers,. can stop the bus by means of a special lever. The driver's dashboard is installed with extra light and sound signals.
The engine is of 150' h.p. (Russian rating), and the bus can attain a speed of 80 k.p.h. (50 m.p.h.).
BIG ORDER FOR DUPLE BODIES.
A MONG ST some important orders LA recently received by Duple Bodies and Motors, Ltd., Edgware Road, London, N.W.9, is one from Red and White Services, Ltd., and its associated companies for 75 bus and coach bodies, to. be mounted ou Albion ehaqqis
COMMISSIONERS SUPPORT FOR OPERATOR.
SITTING in Glasgow, on November 10, the Traffic Commissioners for Southern Scotland considered an application by Mr. William Kirkpatrick, Castle Douglas, for a licence 'to run a bus service between Castle Douglas and New Galloway.
For the applicant, it was said that a petition had been organized by the Provost of New Galloway and had been signed by a large number of residents. Several letters had also been sent by people interested, including representatives on the county council. Further, witnesses were prepared to speak as to the necessity of increased services on that route.
Mr. Kirkpatrick stated that at present, if women in New Galloway wanted to shop in Castle Douglas, the market town of the area, they had only about half an hour in which to do so if they were to catch the bus back. Otherwise they had to wait about seven hours.
The chairman, Mr. A. Henderson, pointed out to. die applicants' representative that he had not satisfied the court that they should take the licence away from the present operator and give it to a new operator. In 99 cases out of 100,. if the existing service required revision or augmenting, they made the existing operator do it.
The Commissioners refused the application without hearing the objectors, the Western S.M.T. and the L.M.S. Railway Co.
BRIGHTON GETS BUSY ON ITS TROLLE YBUSES.
LAST week Brighton Town Council approved the acceptance of the tender of Clough, Smith and Co., Ltd., amounting to £30,990, for the conversion of the existing tramway routes to trolleybus operation. The total length of the routes is just over II miles.
IPSWICH TO SAVE 52,416 VEHICLE-MILES.
AT a recent meeting of Ipswich Town Council it was decided to institute a new trolleybus service to the Gainsborough Estate, Greenwich Estate, etc., to take the, place of the present circuitous route.. It is anticipated that 52,416 vehicle-miles will be saved, representing 1.17 miles for •every. journey made.
BRIGHTON ACCEPTS BUS BODY TENDER.
ITS tender for the supply of bus bodies to Brighton Corporation has now been withdrawn by Harrington (Hove), Ltd. The council has approved the acceptance of the tender of Metropolitan Carnmell Weymann Motor Bodies, Ltd., fof the Supply of 11 54-seater composite-type double deck bodies. Anallowance on the order for 10 54-seater all-metal bodies, already placed with the coneern, is to be made to the corporation.
BRITISH-ENGINED COACHES IN CANADA.
A FURTHER three de luxe coaches, assembled in Canada and powered by Leyland six-cylindered petrol engines, have been put into service by the Vancouver Island Coach Lines, British Columbia, on the VictoriaNanairno route. Built by the Hayes Manufacturing Co., of Vancouver, they have 37-seater streamlined bodies of steel and alloy construction, and are provided with vacuum-activated ventilation, thermostatically controlled heating and dust-free baggage compartments below the seat deck.