The Railways and Road Services.
Through the acquisition by the Home railways of important road carrying organisations scattered throughout the country, the problem of cut-throat road competition has finally been disposed of. Throughout last year, working agreements were come to between the four group railways and the leading ‘bus companies, the first big fusion being that between the Great Western Railway and the National Omnibus Company. This was followed by agreements between this road undertaking and the other railways. In April the Western Welsh Omnibus Company was established by the Great Western Railway and South Wales
A Summer Holiday Outing In New Zealand.
Excursionists on the wharf at Picton, South Island, before the opening of the Regatta on New Year's Day, 1930.
Commercial Motors, and shortly after the L. and N. E. Railway joined forces with the United Automobile Company. Then followed fusions between the L. M. and S. and L. and N. E. Railways and the Scottish Motor Traction Company, and the purchase of the Crosville Motor Company—operating in Liverpool and North Wales—by the L. M. and S. and G. W. Railways. Some scores of less important road carrying concerns have also been acquired by the Home railways, and eventually it would seem the railways will secure complete control of all highway vehicles plying in public service. Legislation is now being drawn up making compulsory a double licensing of public service vehicles, firstly as being mechanically sound, and secondly as being required for the particular service upon which they are intended to operate, and not as duplicating existing services. New motor services thus will be prevented from entering the field, except upon entirely undeveloped routes, and the former cut-throat and uneconomic competition will definitely cease to exist. Throughout the time the Home railways have been acquiring interests in the principal road carrying concerns, to meet the new conditions, they have been bringing into being much new equipment, such as garages, motor car repair shops, and the like. In several instances, disused stations and waiting-rooms have been converted into motor coach stations, and members of the railway staffs are being selected and trained for the new road services.