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278.  WEST CUMBERLAND SCHEME.

(a) Traffic Receipts.

Noted traffic receipts to February 19th, 1955 as follows:-

Period. Tickets issued   Increase or Decrease.
Number Receipts. Tickets. Receipts.
1955. 1954. 1955. 1954. No.  %   £   % 
(1) Carlisle - Silloth Section (introduced Nov.29th, 1954)
12 wks ended Feb.19th. 14,141 12,425 1,670 1,505 1,716 13.81 165 10.96
(2) Carlisle - Workington (via Penrith) Section (introduced January 3rd, 1955)
7 wks. ended Feb.19th. 6,587 3,562 971 550 3,025 84.92 421 76.55
(3) Carlisle - Whitehaven Section (introduced 7th Feb.1955)
2 wks. ended Feb.19th. 11,802 8,481 1,691 1,139 3,321 39.15 552 48.46

TOTAL WHOLE SCHEME. 8,062 32.94 1,138 35.63

(b) Parcels and Fish Traffic.

Experiment still continuing and Mr.Gould will report after trial concluded.

(c) Speed Restictions.

Noted - Revised restrictions for Carlisle, Penrith and Workington line have been published.

Revised restrictions for Silloth Branch will be ready by end of March.

Carlisle - Whitehaven line still in hand.

(d) Frequency of services.

Mr.Gould stated that the question of more frequent and faster services was being considered for all sections of the area quite apart from any easement of speed restrictions.

The Chairman particularly mentioned Sunday services for Keswick and Penrith which have been referred to in the "Workington Star", and Mr.Gould said that to reintroduce Sunday services would entail consideration of the expense of re-opening of signal boxes, which would be considerable.

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