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278.  WEST CUMBERLAND SCHEME.  (Contd.)

(e) Servicing and Maintenance.

Workington.

Noted - that the work on the office accomodation and fitting shop will commence about the middle of April and the Chairman asked for the fitting shop to be completed as a matter of urgency.

Carlisle (Upperby).

Noted that scheme for deeping of pits is well in hand and the Chairman asked for this to be dealt with specially.

(f) Reports of failures etc.

Noted - report on the 2nd stage of the scheme between Penrith and Workington via Keswick, attached as appendix "B".

Mr.Gould will look into the deterioration in the chronium fittings.

279.  MANCHESTER AREA SCHEME.

Noted that approval has now been given by the B.T.C. Works and Equipment Committeee for this scheme (see Minute 270(6)).

The Chairman stated that Mr.Hugh Molson, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport had spoken to him regarding diesel trains between Manchester and Buxton. Mr.Molson had met a deputation from the Town Council of Buxton and the Chairman had informed Mr.Molson that either the General Manager or himself would be pleased to discuss the matter with the deputation.

280.  BURY - BACUP SCHEME.

Mr.Stanley stated that Metro-Cammell have re-designed the frame of the units they are building and any of these will now pass over the Bury electrified line. The engines have been re-positioned so that the battery boxes will miss the conductor rail.

281.  BIRMINGHAM AREA.  PROPOSED JOINT L.M.R. & W.R. SCHEME.

The Chairman said that a joint letter from the General Managers of the two Regions was sent to the B.T.C. on 15th February urging that they should consider the two Regions' seperate schemes on their own merits and if they agree, approve them, in order that the substantial economies envisaged may be secured at the earliest possible moment, and no reply has yet been received.

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