Teleprinters to Save £1,000 a Week
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TILE Road Haulage Executive hopes save over £1,000 per week in communication costs when its tele
printer network is complete. The intention is to install a teleprinter at every R.RE. office or depot where it will produce savings and promote efficiency. A system will be provided which will be linked with every other teleprinter in the country, R.H.E. or otherwise.
Because machines are difficult to obtain, many depots will have to wait some time for their installations. By next month, however, there should be a teleprinter terminal near enough to every R.H.E. office to make it practicable for long-distance messages to be sent or received over local telephone systems. By the end of next year, 80 per cent. of R.H.E. groups and many depots should be equipped, and the Executive's network will be the largest private system in the country. The R.H.E. system comprises a main network and a number of . secondary networks, each centred on a main terminal. • Each terminal can transmit direct to any other, as all are linked by switchboards in London and Manchester. The main network is operated under central control from London. Plans are being made for a 24-hour service.
During the development period, new terminals will open up at the rate of about one a week.
At present, nearly all R.H.E. teleprinters are hand-operated. The first automatic transmission equipment is now being delivered, comprising perforatoes, reperforators and auto-transmitters, which work the teleprinters at maximum speed. With the use of automatic equipment, messages can be sent from an out-station on one secondary system to an out-station on another in one operation.