EWER CO. ACQUIRES MORE OPERATORS
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LAST Friday, the Metropolitan Traffic Commissioner granted, after a two-day hearing, some interesting applications by George Ewer and Co., Ltd., the well known London independent concern. The applications were made as a result of the purchase by the Ewer concern of the businesses of the Prince Omnibus Co., Ltd., Central London (M.E.) Motors, Ltd., Criterion Coaches and part of the undertaking of Battens Coaches, Ltd, Agreements between the Ewer concern and the United Service Transport Co.,, Ltd., and Keith and Boyle (London), Ltd., were also involved.
Other questions at issue related to picking-up points in the East End of London, which had previously been used by the purchased undertakings, and an agreement for the construction by the Ewer company, at one of these points, of a coach station for the administration of the unified undertakings. At the outset, there was considerable opposition from other operators and the railway companies, but, by agreement, many of the objections were withdrawn. As a result of the granting of the licences, certain of the picking-up points and a feeder servAce will be abandoned.
NEW MOVE IN POOLE DISPUTE.
Pl.A NEW development in the transport dispute between Bournemouth and Poole Corporations has occurred. On March 5, Bournemouth Corporation will bold a meeting to consider the promotion of a Bill, which may come before the House of Lords' Committee in April, seeking trolleybus powers and to abandon the tramways between I3ournemouth and Poole.
Originally, the corporation proposed to apply for a Provisional Order, but now that Hants and Dorset Motor Services, Ltd., has decided to promote a 13.18
Bill relating to ,the operation of motorbuses in Poole, Bournemouth has decided to take similar measures in connection with trolleybuscs. The necessity of two long inquiries and additional expense will be avoided.
FARES COMMITTEES SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED.
'THAT the Regional Fares Committees I should be recognized by the Traffic Commissioners or should be abandoned, was a decision reached by No. 6 (East) Regional Committee, last week. The committee approved the proposals for the expediting of procedure for the variation of fares.
L.M.S. APPEAL WITHDRAWN.
THE appeal of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co. against the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners' action in granting a licence to Yorkshire Pool Services, which was to have been heard in Leeds, to-day, has been abandoned.
120 NEW BUSES FOR LIVERPOOL?
LAST Friday, Liverpool Corporation's transport committee completed consideration of the report of Mr. W. G. Marks, the general manager, on the reorganization of the transport system.. 'F he committee decided to recommend the city council to purchase 120 buses, at a cost of £219,000. During the current financial year ended March 31, the buses are expected to show a deficit of £75,530, as compared with a loss of Z7407 last year. Additionally, a loss of £13,800 is anticipated in connection with the I3ootle bus services run by Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., but this deficit will probably be reduced to £3,800 by a surplus on the Ribble and Crosville services in the zoning areas. Next year it is hoped that the deficit on the buses will be reduced to £32,840, whilst a profit of £5,000 is anticipated on the Bootle and zoning services.