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2m. Tons Down, But Elm. Up

25th September 1953
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LTHOUGH, as compared with 1952, British Road Services have so this year lost over 2m. tons of fie and have reduced mileage by rly 28m., they have increased their :nue by more than £1m.

n the four weeks to September 6, this r, receipts totalled £5,980,000, corned with £5,762,000 in the four-week od of 1952. In the first 36 weeks of

year, revenue amounted to ,406,000 (£52,273,000 in -1952).

.1 the first 32 weeks of the year me fell from 25.9m.. in 1952 to this year. Mileage dropped n 437m. to 409m.

August 9 last, B.R.S. had 35,207 or vehicles and articulated units, trasted with 38,977 at the end of he British Transport Commission's Tincial and Scottish bus interests .inucd to increase, their revenue. In four-week period ended Septem6, it rose from £4,674,000 in 1952 .4,867,000 this year, and in the 36k period from, £33,579,000 to 167,000.

)ndou Transport showed a slight rovernent in the four-week period 156,000 this year and £5,346,000 last ) and in the 36-week period ,494,000 this year and £45,987,000 52).

W BUSES FOR SIXTH TIME sT appeal by Mr. F. Coyle, general secretary of the passenger section se Transport and General Workers' m, failed to induce Coventry's bus rers to resume normal working last rday, and for the sixth successive rday, Coventry was without bus ces.

mass meeting listened to Mr. Coyle irtual silence on Friday evening t he appealed to them to resume al 'working. He assured them that nations with the transport corn:e would be reopened if the men d comply with the instructions of 4ationaI Joint Industrial Council to tie normal working.

[ere was a new development on ay, when crews due for a rest day were not permitted to work for the first time in years. Pay was adversely affected. Whether rest days during the week will be so treated is unknown.


AN increase in the speed limit of public service vehicles, in the interests of safety, is urged by the National Busworkers' Association in a statement issued last week.

"It must surely be conceded," says the statement, "that the coach driver, who is constantly watching 'for police patrols in his mirror, is not giving the undivided attention to every sign of movement right, left, and ahead, which might herald the aceirtent a split second could have avoided."

The statement submits that no tyre should be used on a passenger vehicle when it has reached the re-grooving stage.

A basic living wage, which would dispense with the necessity or deSire for overtime, would also helpato promote safety on 'the roads.


AR. D. JONES, M.P. for Hartlepool, al has declined an invitation of the Transport and General Workers' Union to take the chair at a meeting which is to try to settle the dispute between the corporations of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool over the operation of a bus service between the two towns (The Commercial Motor, August 7). Mr. Jones stated that the meeting could serve no useful purpose.

At present, Bee-Line Roadways (Tees-side) Ltd., acting as agents for Hartlepool, are operating a service between the two towns in competition 'with West Hartlepool Corporation. It is understood that the Union's interest is that, as the disputed service is being operated on behalf of a municipality, pay should be at municipal rates.

CONWAY BRIDGE HOPE THERE was a "hopeful prospect"

that work would soon start on a. new Conway bridge, the Minister of Transport told the local authority recently. Estimated to cost £450,000, the new bridge will have a 22-ft. carriageway.

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