HC Deb 16 February 1891 vol 350 cc680-1

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he can state on how many occasions since Nov. 1st, 1890, the mail train timed to leave Kingsbridge, Dublin, at 7.40 a.m., has missed the train leaving Limerick Junction for Limerick at 10.20 a.m.; whether the result on all such occasions is to delay the delivery of letters and newspapers in Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Listowel, Tralee, Ennis, and other towns beyond Limerick by from five to seven hours; and whether he will consider the advisability of binding the Waterford and Limerick Railway Company to keep their train waiting at the Limerick Junction the same period that the Great Southern and Western are bound to keep their train at Kingsbridge for the arrival of the cross Channel Mails?


I find that the failures referred to have occurred on eight occasions since the 1st November, with the result correctly described by the hon. Member. The Waterford and Limerick Railway Company do, when necessary, detain their train at Limerick Junction for the Mails from Dublin, but the detention is limited; and, in view of the exigencies of their traffic, the Company have refrained from binding themselves to maintain under all circumstances the connection between the two trains in question at Limerick Junction. I shall be glad to look into the question again if the hon. Member desires.