Railways Object to Help for Waterways
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A N application which would benefit British Waterways faced opposition from British Railways at Sheffield last week. Neither British Road Services nor the Waterways objected,to a request for a new B licence put forward by E. V. Waddington, Ltd., barge operators, Bolton Road, Swinton, who wanted to haul goods from barges _within 20 miles of Rotherham. • Mr. V. Waddington said they operated 74 barges between Hull _and Rotherham and Sheffield. At Rotherham they used the Waterways' wharf, and bulk loads were taken from there by a clearing house and B.R.S. However, there was often a two-t011 lot left which had to be cleared the next day, and he wanted to handle this himself by using a lorry at present on C licence_ •
He emphasized that he had no intention of becoming a haulier. The Waterways had welcomed his proposal because it would mean their wharf being cleared quicker, and B.R.S. had not objected.
When the railways pursued their objection, Maj. F. S. Eastwo-od, Yorkshire Licensing Authority, suggested that they should tell the court exactly how much traffic they carried from the wharf.
Mr. M. Taylor, for X.R.E. Transport, Ltd., submitted that there was not sufficient evidence to justify a grant. To this, Maj. Eastwood replied: "This man is giving work to the haulage industry when other people owning barges are using their own fleet. You are using a steam hammer to crack a nut. The haulage industry should feel lucky that he is using it." • The application was granted, limited to goods from barges,