Company and Council Fall Out
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EXTENSION of the borough LA boundary to include Stockport. Corporation's new housing estate at Brinnington, has fanned smouldering differences between the council and the North Western Road Car Co., Ltd., over their respective spheres of influence.
After a two-day hearing by the North Western Licensing Authority at Stockport, last week, an apdlication by the corporation for consent to operate in the area was adjourned until next Thursday. North Western have objected both to the consent and the contingent -application for a licence between Stockport and Brinnington, and the corporation object to the renewal of that part of North Western's 33-year-old DentonStockport stage service which at present operates via Brinnington.
The corporation claimed that North Western's was originally a country service. For the past five years, by agreement, additional timings had been worked to serve the new estate as a temporary measure. The corporation had always insisted on protection for their local services. But for a mistake in the wording of a Ministry Order of 1952, application would have been made earlier.
Aid. A. Foulkes, chairman of the transport committee, said they did not look upon North Western as their friends. Replying to Mr. W. Blackhurst, for North Western, he agreed that because they had built the roads and everything else, the corporation wanted a monopoly in Brinnington.
Mr. Blackhurst said that if a new licence were granted to the corporation, their protected fares would also rob the company of all workpeople's and children's services from the area and destroy the service economically.
If consent is granted, both applications will be heard in September.
LOSING 41d. A MILE
ACARLISLE bus company was last week granted permission to increase fares on stage services. Blair and Palmer, Ltd., produced figures showing that their overall operating costs during the past financial year were Is. 64c1. a mile, against receipts of only Is. 2d, a mile on stage services. One of the company's three rural services yielded only Is. a mile.
An objection entered by the Border Rural Council was withdrawn at the last minute. There was no other opposition.
1929 LEYLAND PRESERVED
FIRST licensed in 1929, a Leyland Titan double-decker with an outside staircase has been presented to the British Transport Commission, for their museum, by Chivers and Sons, Ltd., Histon, Cambs. The bus was first bought by the National Omnibus and Transport Co. and ran in the Plymouth area before being sold in 1937 to Chivers, who used it for carrying staff.