Coal Transport Problems Ironed Out
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DIVERSION of deep-mined coal from rail to road transport in the National Coal Board's north-eastern area is reflected in an increase of 30,000 tons per week in the weight of deepmined and open-cast coal carried by road. The weekly road-borne tonnage for the area, chiefly comprising York-,. shire, was already approximately 90,000w tons at the end of last summer, since when it has increased to about 120,000 tons.
Complications connected with the handling of the deep-mined coal traffic diverted from rail to road in Yorkshire were discussed recently at a conference of representatives of the National Coal Board, the Ministry of Transport, the Road Haulage Association, and coaldistributing concerns. One of the difficulties arises from allocation to regulate the amount of coal which any individual consumer may receive. This means that a consumer entitled to coal in one week may not be so entitled in another. Moreover, because of storage limitations at a consumer's premises, it may not be practicable to deliver the whole of the concern's allocation on the same day. A case in point arose when such a quantity was delivered by hauliers' vehicles into the yard of a factory, that the congestion caused interfered with the operation of the works.
It was reported at the Leeds conference that such complications were causing difficulty in the direct application of the R.H.A.'s emergency scheme. The conference, therefore, agreed that the coal distributors should take responsibility for arranging transport of Yorkshire deep-mined coal diverted from rail to road, and that the R.H.A. should give all possible assistance in providing transport for individual distributors.