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rroposed Light Railway from 1 Pwllheli to Kevin. ¡ At, the Carnarvon Couuty Council, oil Thursday, Mr J. Jones-Morris (chairma i) presiding, a report was presented of the meeting of the Light Railways Committer on December 15th. As to the Pwllheli- Nevin-PorthdinEeyn Light Railway, Mr E. R. Davies, the solicitor for the promo- ters, stated that the new proposal would not affect the main roaids to the extent that the original scheme would have done, as it wag intended to buy lands so as to avoid laying the line on the roadway, so that the present scheme would be more costly. The Committee approved the project, appointed delegates to support it before the Light Railway Commissioners, and recommended, that a loan of JE7500 be granted to the pro- moters upon satisfactory guarantees being given by the Cambria,n Railways Company of their intention to construct and work the proposed line. Since the meeting the Light Railways Commissioners have held their inquiry and assented to the order. Deposited plans, &o., relating to the pro- posed railway from Portmadoc to Bedduel, ert and South Snowdon were also con- sidered by the Committee, who, subject to the substitution of a new bridge for a tim- ber one proposed to be crossed by the line and the provision of cross sections show'ng how the main roads would be affected, ap- proved of this scheme also. On the motion by Mr Issard Davies to confirm the decision of the Light Railways Committee to grant a loan of £ 7500 for the purpose of the light railway from Pwllheli to Nevin, the Lord Lieutenant fMr-J. E. Greaves) prod an addendum to the effect that the,loan be subject to the pro- visions of the Light Railways Act, and to the Cambrian Railway Company giving a binding and sufficient guarantee for the I regular and efficient working of the line and the payment of the interest. He did not move a negative because he felt con- vinced that the Council had made up A 's I mind to advance this .large sum of the rate- payers' money upon this undertaking. Last year the Council approved an undertaking I for a Jight railway between Pwllheli and Porthdinilleyn, which 'Was afterwards abandoned, because it was proved to be al- together impracticable. The present scheme was certainly a. very great improve- ment upon the scheme wh'ich was aban- doned, ,but it still, to his mind, retained some important and salient defects of the old one, for even the present one travelled along .portions of the highway, which it crossed and recrossed at various points, and it traversed curves and gradients which would render a speed of over 15 miles an hour inadmissible, while the line would ye totally unfit for adaptation at any time to the requirements of a. trunk line. Mr E.,R. Davies said the grant could only be subject to the Light Railways Act. Mr Greaves asked the Council not to be in a hurry to take action until they were satisfied those provisions could be complied with. There was another rcute which could be adopted without opposition, and to which every encouragement would be given. It would certainly (conduce much better than that now advocated to the interests of the oounty. He referred to the route adopted long ago by the Cambrian Rail- way Company from Porthdinlleyn to Pwdl- heli. He asked the Council to be cautious as to the security. There were promoters, it was true, but nobody knew: who they were. He would rather prefer the guar- antee of the Cambrian Railway Company to that of gentlemen whose names even he did not know. The projected line from Llan- dudno to Oolwyn Bay was an object-lesson in that matter. Although an order for the making of that was granted two years ago, not a pennyworth of the work had been done, and the concession was being hawked about the country for sale. Dr R. A. Pritchard and Lord Penrhyn put questions as to die security and as to the probability of a trunk line being made. The Chairman said that Mr E. R. Davies knew all the details and would explain. Mr E. R. Davies, who is the solicitor to the promoters, said there would be no loss at all in the matter, as the Railway Com- pD.ny would pay the interest and- sinking fund, which the Council would have to pro- vide, and as the line would cost £ 107,000 it was ample security for,a loan of £ 7500 upon it. The Council's loan and the Treasury loan (assuming one were made) would rank equally, no authority having priority ovsr the other. A representative of the Cam- brian Railway Company made a public de- claration that they had no intention to con- struct such a line as Mr Greaves had rc- ferred to, aind, further, that they were not I in a position to do so. It would be a Sine qua non that, before this order was granted, an undertaking must be given by the Cambrian Railway Company to con- struct a,rid work the line, and the directors. it was stated at the inquiry, had passed a unanimous resolution to work the line for a sum not exceeding 60.per cent of the revenue, so that there was an ample margin to meet the charges for loans. Mr Greaves said be was told the provi- sions of the Light Railways Act could not be applied by the promoters, and he would be astonished if the line were ever made. Mr E. R. Davies said arrangements were being made for getting the capital neces- sary for putting the line down. The wish was the father to the thought in the case of Mr Greaves, who had done his best to baulk the scheme. On the other hand, he (Mr Davies) felt confident that the scheme would soon become a reaiidfed fact. It was untrue that the Llandudno order was being hawked about, for the very promoters of the Pwllheli toO Nevin line had purchased it (laughter). That was one of the best proofs of the bona, fides of the people for whom he acted in the matter. Mr J. Menzies said the financial position of the line was chiefly that which the Coun- cil had to consider. Would 40 per cent. of the receipts be sufficient to pay the interest and sinking fund on the Treasury and th<j Council's loans, amounting to £ 15,000 ? He felt that the security must be good. The motion was then carried by a large majority.

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