HC Deb 10 June 1880 vol 252 cc1613-4

asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is the case that letters between Ipswich and Norwich, and Ipswich and Cambridge, distances of about fifty miles, are still forwarded by a post-cart, and that, consequently, they have to be dispatched in the evening from the towns in question shortly before the arrival of the country post messengers from neighbouring villages, and arrive in the morning after their departure; the result being that it is a two days' post for letters between a large number of villages surrounding these towns, many of which are distant loss than fifty miles from one another; and, whether, as there are Railways between these towns, he can undertake to remedy this state of things?


, in reply, said, it was not the case that all the letters between Ipswich and Norwich were sent by mail cart. Two trains each way a day took the letters between Ipswich and Norwich. The Great Eastern Railway Company did not run any train at night between these places. If they should hereafter do so the Post Office authorities would be only too glad to avail themselves of it. Between Ipswich and Cambridge all the letters were taken by trains; but he was aware that train service between these towns was not in a very high state of development.