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Strong Opposition to Municipal Application.
Derby County Council recently applied to the Ministry of Transport for an Order prohibiting the driving of any vehicle of more than three tons weight, laden or unladen, over the hump-backed bridge, known as One-way Arch, at the Beeley end of Chatsworth Park. The application was opposed by a number of road-transport operators and important transport organizations. The inquiry was conducted by Mr. C. G. Mitchell, an inspector of the Ministry.
For the council it was said that investigations made by it concerning the construction of the bridge were such that it was prepared to amend its application by increasing the suggested maximum weight to five tons. The bridge was built in 1760, and the application was made in the interests of public safety. Under normal conditions, the county council, it was said, would no doubt have considered the Question of a new structure, but that would be expensive, and at the present time was not a feasible proposition.
The deputy secretary of the Automobile Association suggested the provision of automatic light signals, so that traffic going only one way would be on the bridge at a time. It was said that the bridge was on one of the most popular routes for motor coaches, and that the maximum weight allowed should be increased to 7i or 8 tons.
st Rawtenstall Installs Ticket-issuing Machine.
An innovation has been introduced on the passenger-vehicle system of Rawtenstall Corporation, this being an automatic ticket-issuing machine fixed at a terminal point on the busiest §pute. The general manager of the undertaking, Mr. Frank Lythgoe, A.M.Inst.T., has installed the machine with a view to assisting conductors, who will now be relieved of the need for collecting short first-stage fares from passengers, and will be able to concentrate on the higher fares from passengers travelling farther.
The apparatus prints lid. tickets, which can be obtained by inserting a penny and a halfpenny, or three halfpennies. The tickets issued bear a serial number and the number of the day of the year. The device is believed to be the first of its kind in this country to be used in connection with a passengertransport undertaking.