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NEW BUS STATION FOR POOLE
I N connection with an extensive building-development scheme to be undertaken in Poole, adjacent to the High Street, a new bus station is to be erected for Hants and Dorset Motor Services, Ltd. It will serve as the terminus for all the buses of the company and will help to reduce delay caused by level-crossing gates. The station will be constructed on modern lines and its layout will include a spacious waiting room, a parcels room and other up-to-date facilities.
GLASGOW STILL TO ALLOW FREE
TRAVEL SERVICEMEN in uniform are to continue to be allowed to travel free on Glasgow Corporation buses and trams. At. a recent meeting of the corporation, a motion to withdraw the privilege.and to substitute an all-round Id. fare for servicemen was dropped on the instruction of the town clerk, who pointed out that before it could be considered the Standing Orderswould require to be suspended. As no one moved their suspension, however, the recommendation fell, and the free-travel privilege will be continued
OPPOSITION TO CO-ORDINATION SCHEME
.THE transport committee of Chester J. Corporation has not viewed with favour a suggestion of the Regional Transport Commissioner for co-ordination on inward journeys to the city between the municipal-transport undertaking and Crosville Motor Services, Ltd. A joint conference made it known that it was desired to give the best possible service to the public, but the corporation felt that if co-ordination on inward journeys was agreed to, then it should have an additional supply of fuel to deal with outgoing traffic.
GLASGOW'S EFFORTS TO BALANCE ACCOUNTS
GLASGOW CORPORATION, at a special meeting on Monday last. approved a proposal to increase the weekly bus season ticket from 3s. to
Ss. 6d. This proposal will have to come before the Traffic Commissioners. The corporation also decided to abolish the id. fare and to increase the maximum fare from 2id. to 3d. on tramcars. The new scales will come into operation within the next two weeks.
Bailie David S. Brown, convener of the transport committee, said that the financial position of the transport undertaking demanded serious consideration.
Councillor j. Welsh, sub-convener of the transport committee, said that at the end of the past financial year there was a deficit of £81,000, and it was estimated that if the present scale of
A28 fares continued the deficit at the end of this financial year would be £341,000. He pointed out that it was expected that, as a result of the alteration in fares, there would be an increased revenue of about £270,000.
EXPRESS SERVICES CARRYING TO CITY CENTRES
AN experiment of interest and importance to those operating regular or seasonal express services is being tried in certain cities, where permission ha 3 been given for incoming services on certain routes to carry passengers from outlying points to the centres of the cities. The experiment is one that may call for extension to secure, at least in part, the pooling of facilities.
' LATER BUSES AT NEWCASTLE?. IT is expected that, in the near future, llater buses and trams will be run at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Mr. T. P. Easton, corporation transport manager, states that the Ministry for Home Security has issued certain instructions, but has not }et made an Order covering them. After this Order has been issued 'arrangements for later transport will be made. At present, the buses and trams start their last journeys at 10 p.m., which causes inconvenience.
NIGHT BUS CONCESSION TO MEN IN THE FORCES
(IN Tuesday, Manchester Transport \-/Committee decided, subject to confirmation by the city council, to make its first concession to men serving in the Forces, i.e., the privilege of travelling on night-service buses and trams (i.e., after 11 p.m.) at ordinary fares, instead of the usual double charge on such vehicles. This will put them on equal level with regular night workers, who get special vouchers entitling them to single-fare benefit.
SCOTTISH PASSENGER TRANSPORT CONFERENCE AT the quarterly meeting of The Scottish Road Passenger Transport Association, 2, St. James' Square, Edinburgh, held on January 17, it was decided to arrange a conference from May 22-25. In making this decision, the Association was impressed with the desirability of affording an opportunity to operators and others to exchange views concerning many points which affect the industry under war conditions.
One of the first papers decided upon is particularly apropos, being on the subject of propulsion by gas. This will be read by Mr. E. R. L. Fitzpayne, B.Sc., A.M.I.E.E., deputy general manager of the Glasgow Transport Department.
OBJECTIONS TO TROLL EYBUS ROUTES
MINE routes out of a total of 86 are, IN it is said, likely to be abandoned by Cardiff Corporation following a proposal to run trolleybuses on them,
• eWing to objections. Four of the nine routes are to be subject to negotiation. The transport committee of the corporation, meeting this week, considered six objections lodged against the Landaff Green route, as the trolleybuses would, it was stated, disturb the amenities cr the Cathedral district. The objectors included the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon. The Great Western Railway Co. was the main objector to the other routes, on the ground of the maintenance of bridges.
A.E.C. OILERS FOR WELSH OPERATOR
A N old operator reappearing among
the present purchasers of A.E.C. vehicles is the Western Welsh Omnibus Co., Ltd., which recently signed up for 15 Regent oil-engined double-deckers. When delivered, the new machines will follow up a fleet of over 40 Regents, Renowns and Regals acquired during 1930 and onwards.
BURY'S MINIMUM-FARE APPLICATION
BURY Town Council which, a week before, had referred back the transport committee's recommendation that application be made to the Traffic Commissioners for permission to adopt a minimum ordinary fare of" lid. and a workpeople's return fare of 2d., approved the recommendation at a special meeting.
Mr. C. P. Paige, the transport manager, explained to a representative of The Commercial Motor that the rejection of the suggestion at the previous meeting was due more to a misunderstanding among councillors as to revenue than to opposition to the proposed increases.
" At that meeting," said Mr. Paige, " I told the members that the undertaking must have more revenue or go on the rates. In giving figures. I did show an increase in receipts over last year, but apparently some members misunderstood this as the actual profit of the department in the past few months, and, consequently, could not see their way to vote for fare increases for a department earning £650 a month profit.
1 was unable to correct that impression at the meeting, but at the next meeting the matter was put in the proper light with the result that almost all the members present voted in favour."