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Aust-Beachley Ferry (Delays)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that there is frequently a delay of two to three hours on the Aust-Beachley Ferry over the Severn before motorists can secure a passage, in spite of the fact that they arrive long before the scheduled times of departure; and whether he will arrange for the "Severn Queen" to operate on this journey as well as the "Severn King," which is the only boat at present.

I have no jurisdiction over this ferry which is privately owned and operated. I am informed that shortage of staff prevents a second vessel being operated at the present time.