TERMS OF .SWANSEA AGREEMENT
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S\VANSEA Borough Council has approved a tentative agreement between the council and the South Wales Transport Co., Ltd., to enable an agreed Bill to be presented to Parliament for the replacement of the Swansea tramways by a motorbus system. The basis of agreement is as follows :—
The S,W.T. is to have its existing tram-running lease, due to expire in. 1942, extended from 1936 to 1957. The company is to replace the trains by buses, the change-over to be completed within two years.
The concern is to pay the corpora-, tion a minimum of 25,000 per annum from profits. When the profit exceeds £20,000 per annum, the S.W.T. is to pay, including the £5,000 prior charge on profits, 25 per cent. of profits to the corporation.
As from 1957, the corporation will have the right to take over the Swansea enterprise of the S.W.T.; all except the Swansea long-distance services. The company is to provide £60,000 towards roads restoration after the removal of tram-tracks, and £40,000 for new and additional buses.
The need for a separate municipal Bill, as indicated in last week's issue, is now regarded as remote.
DOVER TO RUN ITS OWN BUSES?
DEADLOCK has been .reached between the East Kent Road Car Co., Ltd., and Dover Town Council concerning the proposed agreement for the operation of the local transport services by the company. The company maintains that certain amendments put forward by the corporation would, in effect, compel the company to provide any facility that the council might require and would allow it to withdraw services only when the whole undertaking became unremunerative.
The council has decided to promote a Parliamentary Bill seeking power to operate buses in place of the hams.
APPLICANT "MISINFORMED": APPEAL ALLEGATION.
DURING an appeal hearing at Leeds, last Friday, it was stated by Mr. F. G. Bibbings, on behalf of the appellant, Mr. W. Robinson, of Kippax, that when an application by the West Riding Automobile Co., Ltd., came before the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners, at Whitby, Mr. Robinson was wrongly informed of the date of the sitting, and did not appear. Mr. Robinson now appealed against the Commissioners' decision to permit the West Riding company to °pet-ate an additional late bus between Kippax and Castleford.
For the respondent, it was suggested that it was time the door was closed to the plea that an operator had not known the date of a sitting, or had been wrongly informed of the date Mr. W. R. Hargrave (for the West Riding company) challenged the statement that the appellant was wrongly informed of the date.