Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

10 articles on this Page

- I i cii t; i-a Show,

South Wales Oslyinistic Methodists.

__--------------------------WHXTLAKD.

[No title]

Llandiio Board of Guardians.

Consider this Carefully.

—-—-—-——————-— Carmarthen…

Marriage of the Carmarthen…

. !(Jreat Western Railway,

News
Cite
Share

(Jreat Western Railway, SHAREHOLDERS MEETING. THE NEW LINES AND EXTENSIONS IN SOUTH WALES. It will cost the Great Western Railway Com- pany, X20,000 to p,ace Swansea on the main line by means on the little loop The Earl of Cawdor in his speech to the Great Western shareholders on Thursday of last week enumerated the various local works which the (ompany has in hand, and amongst these was the scheme for replacing Swansea on the main line. The project has been talced about for years. People thought it would cost millions. fcheme is, of course, a very modest one. It consists eimply in making a loop joining the d( wn line with the branch line that runs into Swansea. Another line which will pro- bably prove an advantage to the western part of the county is the Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. At New- port the traffic is becoming so great that the station has to be extended at a cost of £ 70,000. Carmarthen is another of ths progressive places on the Great Western Railway's list, and XIO,000 will be spent on sidings there." Altogether, the com- pany intnid laying out £ 130,000 on improvements in South Wales. The half-jearly general meeting of the Great Western Railway Company was held at Padding- ton en T. uredriy. There was net a very large attendance. The directors present were included Sir ,T. 1. D. Llewellyn, Bart. In the course of their report the directo-s stated that the number of passengers carried was 756 897 first class (agsinst 769,918 in the co:respor.iiing half of last year), 3,487,26-5 second class (against :i,45S.8G2), and 35,845,307 third class (against 34,486.567). The seasoo tickets increased from 32,993 to 41,284. The receipts cmour.ted to £ 2.044,032 for passengers (against jC2.004,357), to £510,064 for parcels, &c., (agnicst £ 465.717), £ 74.732 for mails (against £ 66,981), for live stcck C73,529 (against £ 77,112), and fur minerals £ i 567,o5.- (against £ 1,510,546). The total of the teceipts was £ 5.798,978 (against £ 5,623,332). The total of the expenditure was £ 3.712,018, leasing a balance to be carried to the net revenue account of £ 2,086,960. The dividends recommended were at the rate of 5 per cent on consolidated guaranteed stock, and also on the consolidated preference stock, and 4 per cent on the consolidated ordinary stock. The balance carried forward was £ 25,669 5s 4d. The report contained the fodowing paragraphs The Great Western Railway 13ill has passed both Houses of Parliament substantially in the form in which it was submitted to tho proprietors in February lest aulllOw awaits the lioyal Assent. It is proposed at once !o acquire the lands for the Avonmouth and Filctn Line, the Landore Loop, and the Gwaen-cse-gurw en Line, which arc among the new works authorised Votes of the proprietor will be asked for the following expc-n(lit-,ire Acton and Northolt Railway (on account), £ 50,000; Great Western and G!eat Central Joint Line (on. account), £ 300,000 Bristol Dock Lines (on a-count), £ 100,000 Castle Cary and Langport, Railway (oii accou-it), £ 200,000 Avonmouth and Filton Rajlwny on (on account), £ 160,000 Landcre Loop, £ 20.000 Gwaen-ete-guiwen Line, £ 30,000; Banbury and Chelu-nham Railway (improvements), £ 40.000 Newport (widening line), £ 70,000 Car- marthen (additional sidings;, £ 10,1-00 &c., tha total being £ 1,675,000. The Chairman in the course of his opening speech paid a tribute to the mcmoty of the late Earl Cork, who was one of toe directors of the Great Western Railway. In considering the question of filling his lordship's place, the directors felt that it would Ii" an advantage to have someone with a knowledge of lrehntl, and had, conrequently, depended upon tie eleciion of Lord Barrymore. Dealing fit considerable length and in an exhaustive manner with the mass of figures contained in the report, his lordship BMCI they were told that the decrease in the number of firt-t class passengers was due to people spending less money and travelling by the cheaper classes. That, however, was a matter that they watch. Tht-re hid, indeed, been an increase in the number of third.claM pii-senger\ In working ut the figures they found tiia. the return per first-cla-s passenger was 3s. 11.7Zd. (against 4". 033d.), per Eeeond-clnss passenger 1. 10.41 d. (against 1:->. 10.49d.), and per third-class passenger !>. 79d. (against 9.95d. The r-ggregate returii j>r pa'eenejer worked out at 11.61d (ngainbt 11 84db The truific increase was general to the wlwlc system, and r.ot from one particular distric' or branch The shareholders would notice that some extension and alteration was being carried out with regard to the bridges. The explnnelion was thp.t tho directors were endeavouring to run larger and more powerful engines, and larger trainloade. One consequence was that they were obliveti to strengthen several of the hridges. As :hey v. ere able to report, there had been another decrease in the train mileage, but, at the same time, there had been an increase in the receipts per train mile. The experiments with the motor-cars that the directors had made, with the shareholders' ."pprc-val, w; rs proving satisfactory. Referring to the dues in the report dealing with the proposed extensions in South Wales, Loid Cawdor said that they wi-hed to bo able to run into Swansea, without the trouble of leaving to stop at Landore. As to the alterations at Newport, they tould that it was very difficult to (Ital with the traffic at that station Mr. Alexander Huh) fd (deputy-chairman) seconded the motion. In the course of a discussion that took place several shareholders expressed approval of the policy adopteil by the di-ectors, especially with reference to the motor-car si ro c. In reply to questions, Lord Cawdor srid that the directors were dea ing with the motor services as being still in the expeiimental stage, and were tryirg to adapt tie service to local needs. In some places thev dealt with passengers onlv. and in other places they carried parcel?. lie wr.s" glad to find that the second-clas* carriages and rates were being appreciated. Sum,, years ago he hai to defend the second-class, but the alterations made in the rates had been appreciated by the traveling public. The directors were building more dining cars, and the train leaving Bristol at twelve o'clock for London would be one of tho fiist of the additions to the dining-car trnins. Tha new route to Ireland would be complete and read}" for running, the dircctcrs hoped, by 1906. The proposal L'J dopt the report and pas tho dividends recomrnpnded was car ied. and a vote of 1 thanks to the Chairman was also p-issed. CI

Advertising