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John o' Gaunt gets runabout

26th April 1980, Page 11
26th April 1980
Page 11
Page 11, 26th April 1980 — John o' Gaunt gets runabout
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PROPOSALS by the Lancaster City Passenger Transport Department to introduce a runabout ticket available on its stage carriage services. Part of its general application to increase fares — was opposed by members of the Morecambe & District Coach Owners Association.

The Association told the North-Western Traffic Commissioners that Lancaster PTE hoped to introduce a ticket known as the "John o' Gaunt" for an experimental period of six months. It would run for any period of eight consecutive days and cost £7 for an adult and £3.50 for a child.

For the Association, John Backhouse argued that such a ticket would abstract traffic from the sight-seeing excursions it operated particularly in Morecambe, since it would be cheaper for holidaymakers wanting to take more than one trip to buy a runabout ticket than to pay the authorised excursion fares.

However, the Commissioners decided to allow the ticket on an experimental basis.

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