§ Captain R. TERRELL
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the desire of the public at Thame, in Oxfordshire, to have greater train facili- 2625W ties, either in respect of the re-establishment of an early train to Oxford or connection with some existing train leaving Princes Risborough; whether the Great Western Railway Company falls back upon pre-War experience as an excuse for doing nothing; and whether he will ask the railway companies to take into account the altered conditions of life and movement resulting from the War?
§ Mr. NEAL
I am informed by the Great Western Railway Company that, in view of the shortage of locomotive power, it is not practicable at present to restore the early morning connection from Oxford to Princes Risborough, and I may say that prior to the cancellation of the service the number of passengers from Oxford averaged three and from Thame 10. For working reasons it is not possible to re-time the present first service from Oxford to enable it to connect with the 9.17 a.m. train from Princes Risborough. With regard to the last part of the question, I am satisfied that the railway company is dealing with this matter on a present-day basis.