The Chairman said that enquiries had now revealed that, having regard to the legal situation, it could not be expected that the passenger service could be withdrawn completely in less that two years. In these circumstances, and having regard to the considerable opposition to the withdrawal of the passenger service, the Secretary General had been requested to arrange for the submission for the introduction of the diesel multiple unit service to be considered by the Works and Equipment Committee at the first available meeting.
It was agreed that the diesel service, subject to Commission approval, be introduced with the commencement of the winter timetable, and it was noted that, owing to the printing dispute, it may be necessary to defer the winter timetable until October. In anticipation of approval being given all concerned to proceed with arrangements.
Noted that eight 2-car sets would be available for the commencement of the service.
Arrangements could be made for sufficient facilities to be ready.
Mr.Lambert said that the raising of the existing platforms could be completed but it was doubtful whether their extension to a length of 120 feet would be finished by the introduction of the service but no difficulty was anticipated from this.
Agreed that no press story be issued before Commission approval of introduction of diesel service. In the meantime Messrs.Crawshaw and Johnson would prepare press story for issue immediately approval received.
Noted:- Scheme now costed and will be submitted to General Manager by end of July.