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I Y. M. C. A.



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I ELECTPJC TRAMS v. MOTOR BUSES. L -TO THE JSDITOB. I Sir,—Chester >s indebted ior the information your recent aTil(-i have furnished on the abova very interesting eontrover JJ. May I trespass on your column 5 to present a. few imoortan: coa- cunsiderations sf?'ctmg the proposed Houghton route? The most unpr?sd?.'e argument for the sbstituticn cf motor b\i3 is the immense .saving oi capita! outlay, and thJ3 ii.?nc:.d aspect of the matter I propose to deal with first. Pari: of tho route is already available and fully equipped, and to establish a motor bus system to Ciry-roo.4 would be -a needW* overlapping of facilities and waste of traction power, for the trams are more than sufficient for that service at present, while to run meter buee-> sido by side with trams through the city would add vehicular difEoulties where they would be least workable, a:;d at any rate add to present 'inconveniences. On the remainder of tho route larger expendi- ture has already been incwed in view of the tram scheme. True, this expenditure would some day have had to bo undertaken, though it is doubtful whethe' ?o thcro?gh a revision of d!a -otigh a -evlsri of tlo ,w,erag-o been nemEsar- This pan Gf ,he ec.?t will. operate in ti)e way extension, and it is woli that wo should understand that even if by->>:s were adopted the outlay I refer to would havo to stand. Large additiona) capita) outlay will, however, bo called for, but there i3 no proposal that thia ■Aoald be levied on the rateroayers. The books at the Town Hall would disclose, I doubt not tha$ ample money is waiting to be subscribed, and as the trams not oufy provide charges, including linking fund and track maintenance, but return a profit besides, if. TH difficult to -see that the rates would be affected except beneficially. One authority ha^ pointed out that three years' interest on tho capital outlay saved by the sub- stitution cf would provide two motor buseg^ but as Mr. Chftcn Robinson one of the most eminent experts in tins matter, has thewn, the life of a motor bus jg only two years, it is mani- fest that there- is an eoono/cic fallacy in the reasoning of tho suggestion. On the cost cf work-aig trams, we are 011 solid ground in putting it at 3d. a mile, including. road .maintenance, which would otherwise fall on the rates, but, when we enquire- 4 he cost- of motor bus mileage wo enter financial fairyland. The I most sanguine put tho cost at .about Is. a mile, but the question vI depreciation of motor buses is admittedly a tl.enty question about wLjch rone of their supporter*} will eonunit themselves. I. am not at. all impressed by t:oc enthusia-sm of some of our frieji(l,) into liave gathered their informa- tion at tlie show. Most of us know how those show estimtes work out, and that this show was held at Olytypii is typical of the cloudy basis they rest upon. On the question cf speed, motor buses are in operation, and if ought >0 be easy fo- some partisan to rhev., 1:1 jvoduetioi'j of a wav-bi1!. that m some places under equal conditions, motor buses are doing then- journeys faster than our trams. Meter are dependent on a steering, wheel, and I ck>uht whet ho- anyone would acfvo- °aro that tho freedom frotn accident which rails largely secure shou'd bo exchanged for the un- certainty and which would attend a fag* motor service through our narrow street- how- ,c-,vef capablo dri.ers. Some of us lev- sight ç-Î th", fact that trams claim a right cf way and a precedence which all ohicies recjGgn?se; buses, however apeedy. have 110 much right. I can only say I have seen this tli reading proo>?"S in London particularly, where a. lumbering, agitated motor bus may often be seen waddling and panting along entirely at the mercy of ode.. traffic, ior no driver wouid willingly drive behtn? A motor if at the risk of ?Nvillingly drivo t)?e h ir-,ri a n-,ct?c?- ;?f at I .ll. e r.?, k- his life he could ?ecp in f;-on?: You referred, sir, teo tbe adoption of motor buses by Wolverhampton; but it was only because the contemplated route was too narrow for < lee trio cars, whereas Pouglitoi is, cf all the streets Q8 Chester, the best rdapted lor trams, being very wide, straight, and Jjjng through the heart of a tliickly-populated district. It is urged that, if Boughton, why not Liver- pool-road? Well, Liverpool-road resisted the pro- posal and defeated it. Boughton ha. always longed for tho trams, and has petitioned for chern. St. James's and St their and dislikes, and both should be studied. 01 course if, like Hoole, Liverpool-road is swallowing rejected addresses, residents, have 03v to è7 so and be satisfied. Do not let us confuse outlay and investment. If we were considering baths, or parks, or libraries, we might hesitate, but we are consider- ing a proposal based on experience which has more than justified all that w-nahow. and which has confounded all the pi-opheta who predicted disaster. I have trespassed, 1 fear, unduly on your spaco, but I can only plead the importance of the sub- ject. It would, ill try judgment, bo deplorable if, at tho last moment, Chester were to abandon ft vjherme which has all the elements of soundness in it, in favour of a novc) experiment which has nothing defmito about it except the smell. Yours faithful'v, ANTI PETROL.



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