B.T.C. have been given unofficial intimation by the Ministry of Transport that we may be asked to defer up to June 1957 the introduction of diesel rail car services because the consumption of diesel fuel they involve is more than the country can spare during the present shortage and also because the services could be steam hauled. The Ministry see no reason why the restriction should affect any plans for the intensification of existing diesel passenger services to cope with additional traffic. B.T.C. have asked for recommendations as to the diesel passenger services which it is absolutely essential to introduce before the end of June and for which vehicles will be delivered in time, together with the estimated fuel consumption, month by month, both for rail cars and locomotives up to the end of June.
Noted that reply is being sent to B.T.C. that to cope with additional passenger traffic in the Birmingham area it has been found necessary to transfer three additional 2-car units there and these will be brought into service as from January 21st. To provide these units, two have been taken from the West Cumberland area and one from the North Wales area until further units are available. In the meantime the services on the Carlisle-Silloth and the Bangor-Almwch branches are being steam operated. The three 2-car units to be delivered in February will provide replacements for those sent to Birmingham and it is proposed to utilise all the other units delivered up to the end of June in the Manchester Part 1 and North Wales schemes.