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Passenger Shelters

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether any arrangements are in progress or prospect to provide shelters and other reasonable amenities at least at principal halts and railway stations for persons travelling by omnibus; what authorities are responsible for providing such amenities; and whether he is aware that in some parts of East Sussex large queues have now to face all weathers unprotected?

The Regional Transport Commissioners, in co-operation with the welfare officers of the Ministry of Labour and National Service, have already given close attention to the need for shelters at exposed omnibus stops, and a large number of shelters have been erected. No representations have been received about the need for shelters in East Sussex, but if my hon. and gallant Friend will let me know of any places where he thinks that additional shelters are required, I will have investigation made.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the very bad effect on the morale and spirit of people who have to stand about for hours waiting for buses? I will give one example—Haywards Heath Station.

I will certainly look into the case of Haywards Heath Station. I am aware that it is undesirable to stand in bus queues for long periods, and we are doing our best with the labour and material available to diminish the trouble.