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444. SCHEMES ALREADY IN OPERATION

1.   West Cumberland
      (a) Traffic receipts to 31.3.56. noted :-

1956. 1955. Increase.  %  Diesel excursions
£ £ £   £
96,740 61,156 35,584 58.2 1,907

(b)   Delay in overhaul of units by Works. The Chairman called attention to this delay and Mr.Stanley said everything possible was being done to speed up the overhaul, and the works have now ceased doing repairs for other Regions.

2.    Watford - St.Albans

(a)   Traffic Receipts to 31.3.56 noted :-

1956. 1955. Increase.  % 
£ £ £  
6,730 5,003 1,727 34.52

(b)   Joint report on working of the branch. Mr.Gould said that a meeting has been called to draw up a joint report and it is hoped that this will be submitted shorty.

(c)   Halt at Gaston Lane. Still under consideration.

3.   Bury - Bacup scheme  

(a)   Traffic receipts to 31.3.56. noted :-

1956. 1955. Increase.  %  Diesel excursions
£ £ £   £
4,010 1,521 2,489 163.64 101

(b)   Stop at Irwell Vale. Mr.Read stated that no justification can be found for a halt either on the grounds of present inconvenience or expectation of increased rail revenue.

4.   Birmingham Part 1. (introduced 5th March 1956)

(a)   Traffic receipts to 31.3.56. noted :-

March 1956. March 1955. Increase.  % 
£ £ £  
5,022 1,628 3,394 208.48

(b)  Whit Monday traffic. Noted that the Eastern Region cannot loan units to L.M.R. to cover anticipated increased traffic on Whit Monday and that it will be necessary to augment the diesel service by a few steam trains.

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