§ 64. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to take a decision under subsection (11) of Section 56 of the Transport Act, 1962, now that the report of the transport users' consultative committee has been considered dealing with the proposed discontinuance of railway set vices in North Staffordshire and between the Wedgwood Halt station, Trentham, Barlaston, Longton, Blurton, Fenton and the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
§ Mr. Marples
I gave my consents to the withdrawal of the railway passenger services from the Stoke Loop line and the Silverdale-Stoke-on-Trent line on 10th January and 13th January, respectively. I consented to the closure of Trentham station on 15th January.
I have made it a condition of my consent to the Silverdale-Stoke-on-Trent closure that it must not take place until additional bus services are available for workers travelling between Silverdale and Wedgwood. For Trentham station I have required an adjustment of bus time-tables to suit those who have been using the trains.
I sent a copy of my decision letter in each case to the hon. Member. If he has not received them I shall be glad to let him have further copies.