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

The mileage saved by the cancellation of through motor coach. services in the Outer London Essex area is 11,252 miles per week. It is not as yet practicable to calculate what economies-will be made in the mileage of motor omnibuses and trains. As I said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne) on 30th June, the extension of the hours during which workmen's tickets are available would increase the pressure on services which at their loading peak are already heavily overtaxed, while their extension to trolley omnibuses and motor omnibuses would lead an undesirable diversion of traffic from rail to road. For these reasons, I regret that I cannot adopt my hon. Friend's proposal.