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SOUTH WALES RAILWAY BILL.

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SOUTH WALES RAILWAY BILL. By the considerate kindness of a gentleman connected with this county, we have been favoured with a copy of the report of the Select Committee on the South Wales Railway Bill. Pressed as we are for time this week, we can do no more than merely lay before our readers titi abstract of the report, to which we beg to call the careful attention of our friends and the public generally. Mr. Edward Buller reported from the Select Commit- tee on the railway bills and projects comprised in Group (P.), That in the case of the South Wales Railway Bill the committee had inquired into the several matters re- quired by the standing orders to be inquired into by committees on railway bills, and had agreed to the fol- lowing report: â First. That the proposed capital of the company is JE2,800,000, and the amount of loan they arc empowered to raise by t!ie bill is £ 9.33,333. Second" That the amount of shares subscribed for is £ 2,100,000, and the deposits paid thereon amount to £ 150,000. Third. That the names and places of residence of the Directors, with the amount of shares taken by each, are set forth in Appendix A. Fourth. That there are 549 shareholders who may be considered as having a local interest in the line, and the amount of capital subscribed for by them rs £ 487,(350. Fifth. That the number of other parties is 305, and the capital taken by them is £ 1,012,350, exclusive of the sum of £ 500,009 subscribed on behalf of the Great Western Railway Company. Sixth. That (exclusive of the subscriptions on behalf of the Great Western Railway) 143 shareholders have subscribed for £2,000 and upwards each, and their names and residences, with the amount for which they have respectively subscribed, are set forth in Appendix (B). The bill, when reierreu to the committee, contemplated the formation of a railway from the Cheltenham and Great Western Railway, near Standish, to Fishguard and Pembroke Harbour, crossing the river Severn at a place called Hock Crib, and with branches to Monmouth, and to the Forest of Dean; and it was also proposed to make a navigable cut for the purpose of facilitating the crossing of the Severn. In consequence, however, of objections entertained by the admiralty to the proposed mode of crossing that river, the committee came to the conclusion that, although the public advantages of the line from Standish to Fishguard and Pembroke had been satisfactorily proved to them, it would be inexpedient to sanction that portion of the line to which the admiralty objected, and the construction of which, under the pro- visions of the Railway Clauses Consolidation Act, they would have the power to prevent. The committee, therefore, have sanctioned the forma- tion only of that portion of the line lying between Fish- guard and Pembroke and the town of Chepstow, being the length of about 141 miles, together with the proposed branch railway to Monmouth, leaving it to the promoters to apply to Parliament in a future session for powers to complete a continuous line with other railways forming a communication with the metropolis by such route, and according to such mode of construction as shall not involve any prejudicial interference with the navigation of the river Severn; and they have amended the pream- ble by striking out so much thereof as related to the forma- tion of a line between Chepstow and Standish, and to the formation of a branch railway to join the Forest of Dean Railway, and to the construction of a navigable cut in connection with the river Severn. Seventh. That the present means of conveyance and communication between the proposed termini are insuf- ficient for agricultural, commercial, manufacturing, and other purposes. That the amount of income expected to arise from the conveyance of passengers and goods, and in what propor- tion, and the description of goods from which the largest revenue is anticipated, are set forth in Appendix E. That the proposed railway is not (as before stated) a complete and integral line between the termini specified, but is a part of a more extended plan intended to be hereafter submitted to Parliament, whereby it is pro- posed to connect the railway with other existing railways communicating with the metropolis, and the calculations of remuneration depend, to the extent mentioned in the Appendices hereto, on such contemplated extension. That a report from the Board of Trade was referred to the committee, containing passages in favour of the measure as submitted to the committee. That this report further contained a suggestion that some security should be given by the Great Western Railway Company for the completion and efficient work- ing of the railway, which, in the opinion of the board, would constitute an additional reason in its favour. The committee took this suggestion into their conside- ration, but found it difficult to make any provision in the bill for carrying it into effect which would have greater force than the obvious interest of the Great Western Railway Company to promote so far as they are able the completion and efficient working of a railway which is calculated to bring to them so great an accession of traffic, and to which they are such large subscribers as the undertaking in question. That amongst many others the following petitions against the bill were referred to the committee â A petition from Sir Richard Bulkeley Phillips Phillips, baronet, alleging that the proposed line intersects petiti- oner's estates for four miles, and will greatly depreciate the value thereof. A petition from John Evans, Esq., alleging that the shrubberies and pleasure grounds attached to his house at Blaenygorse, near St. Clear's, will be destroyed, and the house itself, if not actually interfered with, will be rendered totally unfit for a gentleman's residence. A petition to a similar effect from Air. Frederick Kynaston, the occupier of the property. A petition from certain members of the committee of management and promoters of a proposed railway to be called the Welsh Midland Railway, alleging that their proposed railway will afford the shortest and cheapest communication for Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staff- ordshire, Lancashire, the Northern and Midland Counties, the districts of Carmarthen, Swansea, Merthyr, Neath, Llandilo, Llandovery, and Llanelly, a short and cheap route by which the coal and lime of the Welsh mining districts would be brought into the agricultural districts of Brecon, the Ilav, and Hereford, a direct road through Worcester to and from London and Llandilo, Llandovery, Brecon, the Hay, and Hereford, whereby the several harbours of South IVales would be made places of foreign aud colonial trade; that the proposed South Whales Railway Jails satisfactorily to accomplish a communication with the Northern and Midland Counties; that the necessary change of guage will be a source of exp^nse and delay, and, as regards some minerals, a great portion of which are conveyed to the iNortriern and iviuuaiiu vUUllues a prohibition. Mr. Edward Buller further reported from the committee, That they had amended the preamble, and had examined the allegations of the bill, and found the same be true, and had gone through the bill, and made several amend- ments thereto. MONMOUTH AND HEREFORD RAILWAY BILL A BSTHACT of the report made by the select committee on group P. of railway bills, on the Monmouth and Hereford Railway Bill. 1. That the proposed capital of the company is f550,000, and the amount of loan they are empowered to raise is £ 183,333. 2. That the amount of shares subscribed for is £412,500, and the deposits paid thereon amount to ^0,025. 4. That there are no shareholders who may be consi- dered as having a local interest in the line. 5 and 6. That the whole of the shareholders, being fifteen in number, have subscribed for t2000 and up- wards, and their names and residences and the amounts which they have subscribed are set forth in appendix B. That the bill as referred to the Committee contemplated the formation of a line connecting the cities of Hereford and Monmouth with the Cheltenham and Great Western Railway at Standish; but, in consequence of objections entertained by the Admiralty to the proposed mode of crossing the river Severn, the Committee have only sanctioned the formation of a line between Hereford and Monmouth and to the Forest of Dean and a place called Westbury, where it will unite with a projected Railway called the Gloucester and Forest of Dean Railway, the purpose of which has only been defeated in the present Session by reason of non-compliance with the Standing Orders: and the committee amended the preamble of the bill accordingly. Seventh. That the present means of conveyance and of communication between the proposed termini are in- sufficient for agricultural, commercial, manufacturing, and other purposes. Ninth. That the description of goods from which the largest revenue is anticipated is coal, lime, and agricul- tural produce. Eleventh. There is no line in opposition to the proposed Railway either in existence or contemplation. Thirteenth, That there are not any peculiar engineer- ing difficulties in the proposed line, except such as arise from the hilly nature of portions of it. Fourteenth. That the proposed tunnels are of the respective lengths of 121 yards, 1320 yards, 715 yards, 462 yards, 726 yards, 1432 yards, 407 yards, and 275 yards, which are respectively proposed to be 2S feet in breadth and 25 feet in height, and on the Forest of Dean Branch one of 1420 yards in length, 15 feet in height, and 15 feet in breadth. That there are no peculiar means proposed for ventilating the said tunnels, and the strata through which they pass are generally favourable. Fifteenth. That the gradients and curves are generally favourable considering the nature of the country traversed. The steepest gradient on the line between Monmouth and Hereford and the branch to Westbury is J in 81, and the smallest radius of a curve is 18 chains-but this is near the station at Ross. on the Dean Forest Branch the steepest gradient is 1 iq 50, and the smallest radius of a curve is 74 chains. Sixteenth. That the length of the main line between Monmouth and Hereford is°22 miles, of the Westbury Branch 10 miles, and of the Dean Forest Branch 4 miles, 28 chains. Eighteenth. That the amount of the estimates of the cost to be incurred up to the time of the completion of the Railway is JE.550,000, and the estimates appear supported by evidence, and to be fully adequate for the purpose. Nineteenth. That the estimated charge of the annual expense of the Railway when completed, is 40 per cent. of the gross receipts. Twentieth. That the calculations proved in the evi- dence before the committee have satisfactorily established that the revenue is likely to be sufficient to support the annual charge of the maintenance of the Railway, and still allow a profit to the projectors. Twenty-third. Various petitions against the Bill are enumerated, but the committee reported that they were satisfied of the fltness pf the proposed line in N4 engineer- ing point of view"

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