Noted that submission for the new depot was approved by the Area Board on October 7th and now awaiting Commission approval. Pending completion of the new depot, special arrangements were being made for servicing and maintenance of the diesel units, but Mr.Baker stated it would be impossible to maintain the complete stock of units when the full service was introduced on January 4th unless the new depot became available for use at that time. Mr.Lambert stated that although the new depot was behind schedule, special arrangements were in hand for completion by the date required, and he felt reasonably sure that this would be achieved.
Diesel multiple unit service to commence on November 2nd, 1959. Noted that the raising and extension of the existing platforms was complete and, although permanent fuelling facilities would not be ready for the start of the service, sufficient temporary arrangements had been made to maintain the service. Appropriate publicity was in hand.
Scheme approved by Area Board and Works & Equipment Committee, and to be considered by Commission on October 22nd. The Chairman said that although the Works & Equipment Committee had given their approval to the scheme, certain reservations had been made, particularly in regard to the L.M.R. trains not calling at certain stations north of Harrow, and in this connection he and Mr.Dunton of the L.T.E. were to prepare a paper for submission to the Commission.
Mr.Johnson stated that the Central T.U.C.C. had referred to the London T.U.C.C. objections which had been raised regarding trains not calling at certain stations, and the observations of the London Committee would be considered by the Central Committee on November 10th. Having regard to this, it was considered desirable to defer any publicity for the scheme, and Mr.Salmon will keep in touch with Mr.Johnson with a view to publicity when the time is appropriate.