"YORKSHIRE TRACTION" WILL NOT SELL OUT
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THE company would continue to
operate under the present management until some area scheme prescribed under the Transport Act was put into operation, said Mr. Raymond Birch, M.I.Mech.E., chairman of the Yorkshire Traction Co., Ltd., at the annual general meeting.
• He stated that the record mileage of 4938 was exceeded in 1947 by 1,250,000, representing a service increase of more than 8 per cent, on the 1946 figure, The total number of passengers carried increased by 4 per cent„ so that the gain in comfort to the public was great.
Difficulties with which the company had had to contend, apart from staff and stock shortages, were the number of low bridges and the great increase in workmen's services. Traffic problems would be much eased if the roads under the many bridges were lowered.
Operating costs were continuing to increase. Total wages i cached a new high level, being 150,000 more than in the previous year.
"NORTHERN GENERAL" STARTS PRIVATE UNION?
CORTY-FIVE members of the clerical 1 and supervisory staff of Sunderland and District Omnibus Co„ Ltd., have given 21 days' notice-of their intention to cease work sinless the concern recognizes the Transport and General Workers' Union as a negotiating body and meets claims for higher wages and better conditions.
Members of the clerical staff alleged that bus companies in County Durham were employing a " closed-shop " system and were requesting their clerical workers to join a clerical organization formed by the Northern General Transport Co., Ltd„ and known as the N.G.T. Clerical Association. The facts of the case have been sent to the Ministry of Labour conciliation officer.
COMPANY TO TAKE OVER COUNCIL SERVICES
BULAWAYO'S present fleet of eight buses will be replaced this year by 40 new 40-seaters owned by the local subsidiary of the Overseas Motor Transport Co., Ltd., which, by arrangement with the city council, is to take over Bulawayo's municipal transport system. The subsidiary company will be known as Bulawayo Transport Co., ltd.
Under the new agreement the city will have buses for Europeans only, several "composite" vehicles for Europeans and non-Europeans, and an • adequate fleet for non-Europeans only. The "composite" buses will have sliding doors separaling the Europeans from the natives.
B.E.T. SPONSORS DEVELOPMENT l'HE Institute of Transport has
accepted an offer by the British Electric Traction Co., Ltd., of an award for presentation to the author of an original paper which makes an outstanding practical contribution to the advancement of the science and art of road passenger transport operation or administration.
It will be known as "The B.E.T. Road Passenger Transport Award," and will be available once in three years. Members and non-members of the Institute may compete for it. The first award will be available in 1950.
SPLIT-STOPS SPEED LOADING
BY splitting four stopping points, London Transport states that during peak periods passengers on seven motorbus and trolleybus routes will be saved between five and 10. minutes in their journey times. Accelerated loading will enable this saving to be made. ATTEMPTS TO s-rop BUS REVERSING CCUMBERL AND County Council has the Northern Licensing Authority stressing the necessity of arranging bus routes to obviate the need for reversing in turning. When there was no alternative, it was stated, the conductor should dismount and direct the driver. The Licensing Authorities and the bus companies haveoffertd their co-operation in appropriate uctiof in the matter.