No More Toll Ferries?
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HE recommendations of the Ferries I Committee, which was set up by the Minister of Transport in May, 1946. include proposals for the improvement of 32 existing ferries, and the starting of three new ones. Long-teim recommendations made by the committee, are that highway authorities should be empowered to take over, compulsorily if need be, those ferries linking trunk or classified roads. and that they should be treated as part of the highways, and freed from tolls.
MR. WARREN STOREY, M.1.E.E., M.I.C.E.1., electrical engineer to Coras lOmpair Eireann, has retired.
DR. H. ROXBEE COX, M.I.MECH.E., F.R.AE.S., director of the National Gas Turbine Establishment, has been appointed chief scientist at the Ministry of Fuel and Power.
MR. J. F. JONES, for the past eight years transport manager to Martin Hearn, Ltd., Liverpool, has been appointed manager of Halifax Corpora tion's transport department.' •
MR. REGINALD EMANUEL, a director Homerton Rubber Works, Ltd., has been elected president of the Retread Manufacturers' Association, in succession to MR. J. C. PRICE, of Tyresoles, Ltd.
MR. GEORGE DODSON WELLS, M.B.E., chief public relations officer of the London Transport Executive, and MR. W. R. ROBERTSON, public relations officer, have been confirmed in their appointments LIEUT.-COT. C. WHITE, M.C., has been elected to the board and appointed deputy managing director of Mulliners, Ltd., Birmingham. He is already a director of Mulliners (Holdings), Ltd., and has for many years been sales manager of Mulliners, Ltd.
'There are 44 vehicular ferries normally in operation in Great Britain, states the report, five of which are already free from tolls. The number of crossings made on the PortsmouthFishbourne ferry should be increased on weekdays, and additional accommoda.tion for waiting vehicles should be provided at the Portsmouth terminal. There should also be a more frequent service on the Lymington-Yarmouth ferry, says the report.
A recommendation that equipment should be improved to carry heavier vehicles on the Hull-New Holland ferry is made. The maximum permissible weight of any vehicle is at present 2 tons. A new vessel is suggested in the case of Queensferry, at the Firth of Forth.
The conversion of existing ferries to carry vehicles, as well as passengers, is recommended at Cuan Sound, Argyllshire, and at Loch Leven. All the new ferries suggested in the report are in Scotland. They would be at the Clyde Estuary, to link Route A.8 at Greenock and Route A.814 at, or near, Helensburgh; Firth of Clyde, to link Route A.815 at Dunoon, and the GlasgowGreenock-Monkton trunk road (A.8 and A.78) on the Renfrewshire coast; Kyles of Bute, to link Route B.8,000 at Colintraive and Route A.8,000 at Rudhbodach.
Copies of the report, entitled "Ferries in Great Britain," are obtainable from the Stationery Office, or through an bookseller, price ls. 6d.
MR. A. J. HUGHES, MR. E. G. REDDING, MR. J. MURPHY, MR. 1. O'FLiasN, MR. T. SKELLY, MR, J. WALLS, and MR. J. A. DUGGAN have been promoted to the newly created position of acting executives of t oras lompair Eireann. The appointments have been made under the company's new scheme for locating, selecting and training future executives.
MR. CHRISTIAN BARMAN, F.R.I.B.A., publicity officer to the British Transport Commission, has been appointed by the Royal Society of Arts, a Royal Designer for Industry, in recognition of his work for modern transport design. The distinction of R.D.1. is bestowed on only the most eminent industrial designers and not more than 40 persons can hold the honour at any one time.
Ma. R. A. JONES, north-eastern regional manager of Leyland Motors, Ltd., has been appointed manager of the Leyland organization in Australia. Mr. Jones will succeed MR. J. S. MCCARTHY, who has been granted leave of absence after a serious illness. MR. R. L. WATSON succeeds Mr. Jones as north-eastern regional manager. MR. J. M. LANGFIER, sales secretary to Leyland Motors, Ltd., at Hanover House, London, and secretary of the British United Traction Co., Ltd., is taking up duties with the Leyland organization in Canada. EDUCATIONAL COURSES OPEN
THE second annual summer school, promoted by the Institute of the Motor Industry, will be held at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, from August 21 to September 3. A residential course, for works managers and foremen, will also be taken at Cambridge, from August 21-28.
" The Commercial Motor" understands that vacancies for the summer school are still open, the inclusive weekly fee for non-members of the Institute being £10 10s. The inclusive fee for the residential course is £8 8s.
50,000 HIRE CARS A CCORDING to Mr. Gaitskell, in tA the House of Commons, last week, fuel allowances for just over 51,000 private-hire vehicles were made in the period ended May 31. This figure showed a sharp rise from 32,000 in the comparable period of 1945, 39,000 in 1946 and 42,000 in 1947.
EX-STAD1UM AS GARAGE?
THE transport committee at Manchester is o investigate a suggestion that the White City Greyhound Stadium at Old Trafford be acquired for use as a garage and repair depot to house 120 buses.
Intimation from Stretford Council that it will not oppose any such plan remove.: a big obstacle.
13,839 NEW VEHICLES
DiURING April, 13,839 new vehicles, other than cars and motorcycles, were registered for the first time, compared with 17,582 in March. In the first four months of the year, 68,707 new vehicles took to the roads. Details of registration are as follow:—