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Railways Losing Stone Traffic

26th February 1960
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

uTR. N. A. McKNIGHT, a regional LYI licensing representative of British Railways, told the Western Area Licensina Authority at Bristol on Monday that the railways relied almost entirely on the traffic in Portland stone to keep open the branch line from Portland to Weymouth.

He was giving evidence as an objector to an application by Mr. K. W. Sturmey, Bridport, Dorset, for a variation of his B licence to enable him to carry the goods within a radius of 200 miles instead of 120.

Mr. McKnight said the railways had been losing this traffic for some time. In 1959 they carried only 18,000 tons of stone from Portland; whereas in 1958 it was 25.000 tons and in 1957 30.000 tons. They were most anxious to keep the traffic.

Answering Mr. T. D. Corpe, for the applicant, witness said the railways had received no complaint about the handling of the stone, but he did not know whether they carried " dressed " stone, packed in straw. He added he was sure they had the facilities for carrying it and would do so if asked.

Mr. S. W. Nelson, the Authority, said although the applicant had not furnished adequate supporting evidence from the Bath and Portland Stone Company, he was satisfied the railways were not going to be really affected. The application was granted.

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