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lthe correspondence published in this column must not be always considered necessarily in conformity^ with the prin- ciples or opinions of the journal.^ [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MONMOUTHSHIRE MERLIN.] DEAR SIR,- Will you be good enough to insert the two accompanying letters in the MERLIN of this week. Truly yours, CHARLES LYNE. Newport, Mon., 1st October, 1857. SIR,-I am requested by the Corporation of this Borough to draw the attention of your Company to the great inconvenience experienced In this town and its neighbourhood, by reason of the arrangements of the trains on the Great Western and South Wales lines. The express train, which leaves London at 9.15 A.M., arrives at Gloucester at 12.30 r.M., when it is detained half-an-hour, arriving at Newport at 2.10 P.M.—missing the Hereford express train by about 20 minutes, and consequently delaying the passengers for Pontypool, Abergavenny, Hereford, &c., until 6.20 P.M., whereas but for the detention at Gloucester, they would be able to leave by the 1.40 express train. But this is not the only inconvenience experienced by passengers travelling in this district. The up express trains also appear to be managed so as to be most inconvenient to the public for instance, the South Wales express train leaves Newport at 1.21 P.M., the express train from Abergavenny arrives at 1.55, thus missing the London train by 34 minutes. Feeling convinced that these arrangements, so annoying and injurious to an important district like that of New- port, cannot have been brought under the consideration of your Board, I am desirous, in the name of the Corpo- ration of Newport, to request that you will be good enough to point out to your Directors the serious incon- -venience under which the inhabitants of this town and its neighbourhood labour, and which, I doubt not, will then be obviated. I am, Sir, yours obediently, To the Secretary of the CHARLES LYNE, Great Western & South Wales Mayor. Railway Compy., London. London, Sept. 28th, 1857. My DEAR SIR,—I am glad to find, by your letter received this day, that it is your intention as Mayor of the Borough of Newport, to call the attention of the Railway Company to the detention of passengers at Gloucester. On the 10th instant, having taken a ticket by the Express Train to Hereford, I left London at 9.15, and was detained 30 minutes at Gloucester, and found that all passengers for Herefordshire, Monmouth- shire, the whole of South Wales, and the West of Ireland, were subjected to the same inconvenience and although detained, the Great Western Company, of course, charged the full express fare. I wrote imme- diately to the Secretary of the Great Western Company complaining of this inconvenience, and was informed by him that he had seen the Secretary of the South Wales Company, and hoped that arrangements might be made which would, to some extent, diminish the inconvenience thus occasioned. But the South Wales Railway Com- pany have not anything to do with the matter: the Great Western have the line to Grange Court—eight miles west of Gloucester. The detention is at Glouces- ter, and I have every reason to believe that if the Great Western Company would run their trains on direct to Grange Court, that the South Wales Company would immediately convey the passengers westward. I also called the attention of the secretary to the manner in which South Wales was served in comparison with the opposite coast: Bridgwater and Newport are nearly the same distance from London but persons travelling to Newport, are obliged to remain much longer on the road than those going to Bridgwater. The delay cannot be created between the Grange and Newport, it therefore must be attributable to the arrangements made by the Great Western Company. But the inconvenience occa- sioned to passengers travelling from London to South Wales direct, is not the only one to which the inhabi- tants of Monmouthshire are subjected; a few years ago, persons coming from Abergavenny, Brecon, &c., and desirous of going to London, via Newport, could do so, the trains suited each other; but now, in conse- quence of arrangements which have been made between the Great Western Company and the Newport and Hereford Company, it is impossible to reach Newport by the trains of the latter company, and proceed to London by the South Wales line. Newport being the port of the county, much business is transacted there but the time-table is so ingeniously contrived, that no person will travel from the north-western part of the county to Yjondon, vid Newport. Take for instance, the case of the up-express train from Newport to London, it leaves Newport at 1.21, the train from Abergavenny arrives at 1.55. So again in the case of the down-express train from London. This train reaches Newport at 2.10 P.M., and the up-train to Abergavenny, &c., leaves at 1.40. It is quite within the province of Corporate Bodies of this country to protect the public from such annoyances as those which have been perpetrated by these Railway Companies, and with whom remonstrance from indivi- duals seems hopeless. I am, therefore, glad to find that you, as Mayor of one of the most important places on the coast of the Bristol Channel, are about to take some steps in the matter, and I sincerely hope you may suc- ceed, and if I can assist you in any way I shall be most happy to do so. Yours truly, B. HALL. C. Lyne, Esq., Mayor of Newport.