§ SIR HENRY HUSSEY VIVIAN (Swansea District)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether it is a fact that all traffic was suddenly stopped on the Neath and Brecon line on Saturday last; and, whether he has taken, or can take, any steps to procure the resumption of traffrc, and thus to obviate the great loss and inconvenience to which persons using the line between Swansea, Morriston, and Brecon, and between Neath and Brecon, both as passengers and for the transmission of goods, have been exposed?
§ SIR M. HICKS BEACH
The Neath and Brecon line was worked by the Midland Railway Company up to June 30 last, when they ceased to carry traffic over the line in consequence of their failure to obtain satisfactory terms for a renewal of the agreement. The Board of Trade have received several complaints as to the inconvenience caused by the discontinuance of traffic. They have no statutory powers in the matter; but I have communicated with the two companies, and I am happy to be able to state that the Neath and Brecon Company have succeeded in establishing a service of goods and mineral trains 1694 between Brecon and Ynisgeinon Junction, and that passenger traffic was resumed last Saturday.