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771.  GENERAL MATTERS OF POLICY (Cont'd)

1.   Position of Schemes still to be submitted (Cont'd)

MERSEYSIDE AND NORTH WALES DIVISION

Chester - Rhyl - Llandudno - Noted that preparation of scheme proceeding and Mr. Taylor would finalise requirements for maintenance quickly.

NORTHERN DIVISION

Furness area - Noted that preparation of scheme proceeding.

2. First class non-smoking accomodation on 2-car sets

The Chairman stated that, following a complaint from a Member of Parliament, the General Manager had informed the Commission that he would arrange for further enquiries to be made to see if the request for first class non-smoking accomodation in 2-car sets could be met.

After a full discussion it was agreed that the first class accomodation is too small to allow it to be divided into smoking and non-smoking sections.  The only solution would be to convert a portion of the second class accomodation in the motor open brake to first class and provide in each eight non-smoking seats and would have the effect of providing a disproportionate amount of first class accomodation.  Even with the present proportions, first class accomodation is in most cases lighly loaded, whilst the second class is almost fully occupied and it was considered that no change should be made in the present allocation.

3.  Allocation of units being built at Derby and by Contractors

Revised schedule of allocation attached as Appendix "B".

772.  RAIL BUSES FOR RURAL AREAS

1.  Buckingham - Banbury Services

Noted that the question of a subsidy for bus services was being dealt with by Mr. Blee.

2.  Bedford - Hitchin - Northampton services

Noted that the scheme for the withdrawal of the Bedford - Hitchin service was expected to be complete in the next week.  The scheme for the withdrawal of the passenger service on the Bedford - Northampton line was at present under consideration with the United Counties Omnibus Company

773.  SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE ARRANGEMENTS

Minutes of Sub-Committee held on May 4th, 1960

Noted.

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