Oral Answers to Questions — Travel Facilities, Essex

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Coach services that formerly made through journeys from London to Chelmsford and from London to Southend have been broken at Brentwood and Romford at off-peak hours. This was done in order to divert traffic from road to rail. Through services continue for workers during the peak hours. During the peak hours the service between Romford and Brentwood is run at intervals of less than ten minutes; at other times the intervals are 15 minutes. I am aware that some motor coaches at present travel from Romford to their Brentwood depot without passengers; I am considering whether it is possible to eliminate these journeys. I am satisfied that, if both rail and road facilities are taken into consideration, there are reasonable travel connections at Romford, Brentwood and elsewhere in Essex. If my hon. Friend has in mind places where he thinks that such connections do not exist, I shall be grateful if he will send me particulars.