HC Deb 25 June 1951 vol 489 cc103-4W
Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that London Passenger Transport buses are instructed to go slowly if they are ahead of schedule; and, in view of the traffic congestion caused by this practice, what steps he proposes to take to put an end to it in the same way as he has prohibited the parking of motor cars in certain streets.

Mr. Barnes

I am informed by the British Transport Commission that no such instructions are given. Great care is exercised to adjust schedules to traffic conditions, but these conditions vary so rapidly and so frequently that it is difficult to avoid some slow running occasionally when a bus gets ahead of its schedule. The maintenance of schedules is in the interests of the travelling public, and I do not think that any action on my part is called for. Slow running to the very limited extent that it occurs in practice has no appreciable effect on traffic congestion.