HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc387-8
67. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make arrangements to continue a ferry service between North and South Alloa at such times as are necessary to transport workers across the river?

The Minister of Transport (Captain Wallace)

This ferry service was privately owned, and the owner gave notice to the county councils of Stirling and Clackmannan of his intention to withdraw the service as from 31st December, 1939. I am informed that the county councils are not themselves prepared to take over and maintain the ferry, but have made arrangements with the lessee to provide a boat for any party of passengers numbering six or more on receiving not less than one day's notice. I am sending the hon. Member fuller particulars of the circumstances leading to the discontinuance of the service and of the arrangements proposed. The hon. Member will appreciate that grants from the Road Fund are not available towards the cost of privately-owned ferries.