The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)
Railways and Road Transport
Railways and Road Transport.
Road transport and road competition formed a most interesting topic for discussion at the International Railway Congress at Madrid this year (says our London Correspondent). The principal points brought out in the discussion were that the present position of road transport should be modified, so that road transport should bear its full share of road charges, and that concessions should not be granted for road services in cases where the district to be served already possessed adequate railway facilities. Close collaboration between rail and road was regarded as most desirable, and railways should be given the preference for obtaining concessions for regular road motor services where they were prepared to take advantage of them.
The progress made by railways in the road transport field was noted, and comment was made upon the success attending the formation by many railways of subsidiary road transport undertakings providing feeder services and relieving congestion. It was the considered opinion of the Congress that motor transport, duly co-ordinated, would become a powerful ally of railways and assist in completing and developing communications for the benefit of the community.
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