asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether, in any future reduction or alteration of coach services in Essex and the Home Counties, he will see that adequate public notice is given in advance; whether any curtailment is likely to operate next winter; and whether the need of avoiding increasing the cost of necessary travel will be kept in mind?
Notification to the public of alterations in road passenger services is made by the operators concerned. Where the Regional Transport Commissioners find it necessary to impose reductions, they endeavour to allow reasonable time for notification. It is not yet possible to say what the position will be next winter. The cost of necessary travel will, of course, be taken into account, but the saving of fuel and tyres must henceforth be the dominant consideration.
Have some preliminary preparations been made towards reducing the number of coach services in Essex? Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that if that is done, large numbers of passengers will have to travel by train, at greatly increased cost to themselves?
I am unable to reply to that question specifically in respect of Essex, but I understand that all over the country there has been such a reduction.