HC Deb 20 February 1894 vol 21 cc841-2
MR. LUTTRELL (Devon, Tavistock)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that the train which conveys mails from Scotland, Ireland, North of England, and Midland Counties, leaving Bristol at 6.15 a.m., takes 4¾ hours to arrive at Plymouth, a period of 12 minutes longer than was taken 21 years ago; and whether, in view of the importance of a quick delivery to the inhabitants of Plymouth and the West of England, he will take steps to accelerate the rate of this train?


The North Mail Train leaving Bristol for the West of England at 6.15 a.m. did for a time reach Plymouth at 11 a.m., or 12 minutes later than formerly, but since the 1st October last the arrival at Plymouth has taken place at 10.55 a.m., or only seven minutes later than formerly. The additional time was allowed on the representation of the company that it was necessitated by the requirements of the Board of Trade for the safe working of a line which is still over some sections but a single line. When the line is doubled throughout Plymouth some further modification will, no doubt, become practicable.