HC Deb 17 October 1939 vol 352 c720W
Major Owen

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will give his reasons for not taking over the Festiniog Railway. as was the case in the last war; and whether he is prepared to give the railway financial assistance should it be unable to carry on economically as a direct result of war conditions?

Captain Wallace

The controlled railways are those deemed to be necessary for essential transport in war and the Festiniog Railway, which is a narrow-gauge line and does not form an integral part of the main line system or provide an alternative to a route carrying heavy traffic, is not considered to come within that category. I have no funds from which financial assistance could be granted to this company.

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