Golden' bus included in Blackpool increases
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• Holidaymakers staying at Blackpool this summer will have to pay more for a ride along the resort's famous Golden Mile following a decision by Mr C. R. Hodgson, chairman of the North Western Traffic Commissioners, in Manchester last week, to grant an application by Blackpool Corporation to increase fares on all bus and tram services. The decision was made after the Commissioners had heard that despite a fares increase only nine months ago the Corporation still expected to be faced with an accumulated deficit of £287,497.
Mr W. Miles, deputy town clerk, said that the proposed revised fares would turn the deficit into a marginal surplus of £15,303, taking into account the sum of £4,300 which would be realized through bank interest.
The general manager, Mr J. C. Franklin, told the Commissioners that "unprecedented and unforeseen" increases in costs had made the application necessary. The present fares increase made no allowance for future rises in costs.
A consequential application by Ribble Motor Services Ltd and W. C. Standerwick Services Ltd was also granted.
The fares increases are between lp and 3p depending on the mileage and will come into effect on Sunday.