Southend Refused Motorbus Licences.
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The application by Southend Corporation, which already operates tramg and trolley-buses, for licences to run a motorbus service on a six-mile route across the borough has been refused by the Eastern Traffic Commissioners. The buses have been purchased at a cost of £10,800, and for some months now have been ready for service, the hearing of the corporation's application being awaited. The question as to whether Southend Corporation should into buses has for long been a contentious one.
Commissioners to Consult Surveyor.
The Traffic Commissioners of the West Midland area are to furnish the county surveyor of Warwick -with information in respect of every application for a road-service licence received by them relating to, a new service within the county, asking for his observations as to the suitability of the proposed route.
Requests by a Welsh Council.
Ystradgynlais Council is to ask the Traffic Commissioners to impose a licensing condition that bus proprietors should provide special services for workmen. A request is also to be made that what is alleged to be a restriction on bus enterprise, placed by Swansea Borough Couneil, should henceforth be removed.
-Conditions on Bexidli Licences.
The Traffic Commissioners for the south-eastern area propose to attach to licences or backinga already granted conditions that public-service vehicles shall not stop (except in the case of emergency) or take up or set down passengers at any point within the borough of Bexhill other than at the town hall square. It is proposed also to enforce the use of garages or parking places.
Several applications for tears and express services have met with stiong opposition, and the Commissioners for this area are facing a similar difficulty to that arising in connection with services to Blackpool.
Alderman Milner Black, J.P., has tendered his resignation from the office of Traffic Commissioner in the SouthEastern Area, which the Minister of Transport has accepted. The resignation took effect from the conclusion of the Hastings sitting a few days ago. His place has been taken by Alderman C. J. Knight.
The C.M.UA. Meeting.
The meeting of the motor-coach committee of the Commercial Motor Users Association, the arrangement of which was foretold in our issue dated May 5th, took place on Wednesday last, May 20th, when -members from various Traffic Areas attended to discuss the position of passenger-vehicle operators.
Reading Corporation Move Fails.
The Traffic Commissioners for the Southern Area have declined to uphold the objection of Reading Corpora;ion to the use of Broad Street, Reading's main thoroughfare, by the buses of the Thames Valley Traction Co., Ltd. The claim of the corporation was that the congested condition of the street rendered it desirable that private bus services should not be allowed to use it ; the eorporation achnitted,'however, that its own buses -use Broad -Street. The Commissioners have decided that the Thames Valley concernshould fed a new terminus for its services in Reading, and have imposed a protective fare in favour of corporation services.
Bus Stations Urged for Manchester.
An interesting suggestion advanced by Mr. W. Chamberlain, the chairman of the North Western Traffic Commissioners, thit congestion would be relieved by the establishment of bug stations at points on the north, east, west and south of the Manchester area within reasonable distance of the city, "Was discussed at a recent sitting. Mr. Chamberlain made his suggestion when consideration was given to an application by Manchester Corporation in respect to licences for its Litticborough-Man
chester-Aitrinehata service. It was said that without cross-town bus services pedestrian congestion, already acute, would be accentuated.