Mr.Johnson reported that, although it was hoped to withdrawn the passenger service between Buckingham and Banbury on 2nd January, 1960, this was now doubtful. The Central T.U.C.C. had agreed to the withdrawal on the understanding there would be a substitute road service, but the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company were not willing to provide a substitute service in the absence of a long term assurance that they would receive a subsidy. Under a Commission directive, all such subsidies are to be terminated, but in this particular case an undertaking had been given to the T.U.C.C. that a substitute road service would be introduced, and the matter now rests between Mr.Arkle and Mr.Sinclair of the B.M.M.O.
Noted that the case for the withdrawal of the passenger services on these lines was still being prepared. Mr.Johnson stated that if the service were withdrawn, there was no prospect of the rail buses being put into use elsewhere on the L.M.Region. Mention was made of the possible transfer of the rail buses to the Scottish Region, but it was considered that no action should be taken in that direction until the question of the withdrawal of the passenger service had been resolved.
Noted that temporary fuelling facilities would be available for the commencement of the diesel multiple unit service on January 4th, 1960.
Departmental representatives reported that all arrangements were complete for the introduction of the full diesel multiple unit service on January 4th, 1960.
Noted that submission for new shed approved by Area Board on October 7th but still awaiting Commission approval.