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Manchester's £148,753 Profit Despite Keen Competition

25th June 1954, Page 39
25th June 1954
Page 39
Page 39, 25th June 1954 — Manchester's £148,753 Profit Despite Keen Competition
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

A LL the time there has been con siderable competition. from the iilways, but the most serious form is .om the increased use of private cars rid [motorized] cycles," says a progress :port presented by Manchester Transort Committee to the city council. It Jrnmarizes the results of a rcorganizaon started in 1946 when Mr. A. F. teal was appointed general manager. The development of television is nother change which has affected -ansport, says the report.

A steady movement of the population ) the outskirts of the city, particularly Ito Cheshire, has altered the underking's traffic area. Last year, 449.1m.

,sengers were carried, 45.21m. miles .e run and 1,446 vehicles were owned. record of 492.4m. passengers was ried in 1948-49, but since that date lie has dropped and during the past years has averaged about 450m. sengers a year.

'here has been a marked decline in fic in off-peak periods, particularly. he morning and afternoon. There been no change in the total morning c period from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., only a slight drop in the evening c. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the imum peak-hour loading is less ntuated in both the morning and ing. It is considered that the present Ice represents as good a standard as be economically operated.

Lres are now 81.44 per cent. above var level, but the hourly all-in cost bour has increased by 140 per cent.

materials by 230 per cent. Since , the use of lighter lubricating oils. fications to certain engines and :ers, and the careful overhaul and -ation of fuel-injection equipment reduced fuel costs by £38.000 a

An increase of about 5 per cent. leage per gallon has been obtained. the year ended March 31 last, a irplus of 1148,753 was recorded. 49-50 there was a net deficit of 155.

he last five years in particular have years of sound, steady, solid 'ement," says the report. "The outstanding result is that in spite of most difficult years and the quite incomprehensible refusal of the Licensing Authority in 1947 to face the position squarely and allow some fare concessions when traffic was buoyant, the undertaking has avoided becoming a charge on the rates, and has now started to build a reserve fund to act as a buffer against changes until adjustments can be made."


APPL1CATIONS are invited for the sixth Rees Jeffreys studentship tenable at the London School of Economics, to enable a suitable candidate to

devote at least a whole year to full-time research into the economics of transport.

The studentship is open to anyone connected with transport administration or the production of transport equipment. Its value will be at least £250. Applications must be received by the Registrar of the School, Houghton Street, London, W.C.2, by September I.

N.Z.TO SPEND AS MUCH WHILST the British Government YV were planning to spend £50m. on roads in the next three years, this was little more than New Zealand, with a twentieth of the population, intended to spend in the same period, said Mr. A. L. Waterfall at the annual conference of the Motor Agents' Association at Harrogate last week.

A resolution calling for more and better roads was passed.


BASED on a Bedford 10-12-cwt. chassis, a new type of ambulance is being built by Wilson and Stockall, Ltd., Bury. One has been supplied to Burnley Corporation.

The body is composite in construction and affords accommodation for a collapsible stretcher and a wheeled litter stretcher and three seats, or seats for up to nine persons, plus driver and attendant. The rear doors open fully and there are two large windows in each side. There is a step at the rear.

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