The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1889. THE TRAIN-TIMES ALTERATIONS.
It is all very well for the newspapers of the cities of Gbristchurch and Dunedin which form the termini of the trunk line of railway to chorns their approval of the projected alteration m the time-tablo of the train services, bat it is certainly not to be expected that the dwellers m the intermediate towns, villages, and country will join them m applanding the proposed new arrangements. These are m point of fact, " like a Bridgnorth election," that is to say all on one side and conceived solely m the interest of through passengers, of whom by far the larger proportion are commercial travellers and tourists, to whose convenience the interests of the district traffic are it
seems to be wholly sacrificed. Yet if the matter be enquired into the revenue from " through " passengers is very small indeed compared with that between the termini and intermediate stations, and between wayside station and station. We haven't the figures before us, and, therefore, write subject to correction, but if we recollect rightly the '• through " traffic does not represent anything like a fourth of the earnings of the trains, and if so we feel certain that the alterations proposed, besides being highly inconvenient to the large majority of passengers, will result m a financial loss to the department. And not only are the Commissioners yielding to the representations of a minority who grumble at getting up m time for an 8 o'clock train, (what a hardship to be sure I) but they are intensifying the inconvenience to everybody else by reducing the other train services. Thus, while many country residents will be practically deprived of the opportunity of travelling by express, they are at the same time to have fewer opportunities of travelling by the ordinary trains. As for instance (leaving out the express which will run by many stations at which it now calls), there will apparently be only one train per day from Ohristchurch to Ashburton, leaving the city at 7.25 a.m., and (again loaving out the express for the same reason), only one per day from Ashburton to Cbristchurch, leaving Ashburton at 3.40 p.m. Then again between Ashburton and Timaru on three days m the week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), there will only be one train a day each way, there being no afternoon train for the south except on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. This will be highly inconvenient m many respects, and altogether the changes proposed by the Commissioners are very far from satisfactory. We shall be much surprised if strong representations are not made to that effect, but whether or not they will be successful remains to be seen. The matter is one which should receive the consideration of the several governing bodies, whose representations on the subject will at least be entitled to careful consideration.