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Transport, Glasgow

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that in Glasgow many long-distance passengers formerly boarded the Corporation omnibuses at stopping places on the routes which the Glasgow Transport Committee have now ruled they will stop only at fare stations; that those passengers now have to use tramcars to take them between their place of work and the nearest omnibus stop; and whether, in view of the extra expense and discomfort caused to these war workers, he will now cause the Town Council to reconsider their decision and revert to the old method?

As I have previously informed my hon. Friend, the purpose of the Glasgow City Corporation in eliminating some stopping places on three of their routes was to divert short-distance passengers to the trams, and thus to leave more room on the omnibuses for long-distance passengers. I am assured that this purpose has been successfully achieved. I would add that where the restriction applies the omnibus stops are only half a mile apart, and that, in addition, certain stops near large works and schools have been retained. I shall be glad, however, to consider the restoration, of any particular stop to which my hon. Friend may attach importance.

It is not any particular stop, it is a number of stops. Is my hon. Friend aware that many people wish to go to the bus terminus and are, therefore, long-distance passengers? Will he go into the matter with the Glasgow Town Council?

The Regional Transport Commissioner is satisfied that the advantages of this plan greatly outweigh its disadvantages.

But has the Regional Commissioner ever travelled in any of these buses? If he had he would not be satisfied.