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Independent bus commuter service

30th October 1970
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Page 23, 30th October 1970 — Independent bus commuter service
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Mr Robert Dalziel, proprietor of the twobus Thistle Coaches Company, of Metcalfe Street. Earl Shilton, Leics. told the East Midlands Traffic Commissioners at a public hearing last month that he could provide a much needed service between the Lutterworth and Barwell—Earl Shilton areas. Other villages affected include Elmesthorpe. Stoney Stanton and Broughton Astley.

At the hearing Midland Red claimed that its buses covered the district adequately although there was a possibility that two routes in the area might be withdrawn.

In their decision, announced last week, the Commissioners said: "While we consider that it would not be in the public interest to permit the already sparse rural services of Midland Red to be eroded by local operators. we consider that before withdrawing such services the company should consult with local operators with a view to the substitution of viable local services to replace them. For these reasons we have decided to grant this application only in so far as it provides a commuter service between the Lutterworth, Dutton Basset, Broughton Astley area on the one hand, and the Barwell. Earl Shilton area on the other."

Mr Dalziel has been issued with a short-term licence which will have to be renewed in June 1971 if the Commissioners agree.

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