§ Mr. RAMSBOTHAM
asked the Minister of Transport if his attention has been called to the discontinuance of the passenger service by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company on the single line system from Knott End to Garstang; and whether he will take steps, in view of the public inconvenience and the protest of the Presall Urban District Council, to get this decision modified?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
I am informed by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company that in consequence of the development of competitive road services the volume of passenger traffic on this line has been reduced to such an extent that its continuance would be uneconomical. The company have decided, therefore, to withdraw the passenger train service as from 31st March, but they state that arrangements have been made for an adequate road service for passengers. I have no powers to require the company to continue their rail service.