HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 cc628-9
14. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Minister of Transport how many omnibus route services in London have been restored and how many withdrawn since the beginning of November?

Captain Wallace

As the reply is necessarily both long and detailed, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Strauss

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the considerable dissatisfaction that exists as to the inadequacy of the present services?

Captain Wallace

I hope that when the hon. Member has read my answer he will see that improvements have been made, and he will realise that we are doing our best in the circumstances.

Following is the answer:

I am informed by the London Passenger Transport Board that none of the withdrawn omnibus routes has so far been reinstated, but 350 omnibuses have been restored to service since the beginning of November. Altogether more than 600 additional omnibuses are now in service compared with the number running at the time when rationing of petrol and fuel oil was first introduced.

Omnibus Routes wholly Withdrawn.
No. Pre-war Route. Remarks.
21A. Wood Green—Brockley Rise Covered by omnibus route 21, tram route 74 and trolleybus route 641.
77. King's Cross—Tooting—Wallington With the exception of Nightingale Road, Hack-bridge, this route is covered by routes 39 and 77A. Arrangements are being made to restore this route shortly.
111. Finsbury Park—London Bridge With the exception of Liverpool Road, Islington, and Drayton Park Road, this service is covered by omnibus routes 4 and 43.