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That the recent alterations m the Bailway Time-table are not giving general satisfaction, but on the contrary are regarded by large numbers of people as highly unsatisfactory, the Commissioners are by this time "probably aware, and notwithstanding a recent assurance by telegram that residents of the two termini (Christohurch and Dunedin J regard them with approval, we take leave to doubt whether that feeling is general even m those cities., - No doubt the accelerated speed of the express is an advantage, but "that advantage is necessarily gained by sacrificing the convenience of those who reside near the wayeide stations at which the express no longer Btops en route, Jf there is to be a fast express service this is unavoidable, but m all fairness the other trains should be so timed and arranged as to make up as much as poßsible tor the convenience thus denied to the country settlers. Tnstead of this the alterations made as regards the other trains are m many respects highly inconvenient, and we are, therefore, very glad to see that the County Council has appointed a Committee oharged to enquire into the whole matter, with a view to making representations and recommendations to the Commissioners. One of the matters specially relegated to the Committee's attention is that of the absurd twenty minutes' delay of the evening " down " train at Dromore which ought at once to be obviated by an alteration m the time of leaving Christohurcb, but there are several others which should also be taken into consideration. One of these is the expediency of putting the express back an hour. If this were done residents of Ashburton, and to the northward of Ashburton, could, go to the city by the early morning train and would have time to transact business and return by the express, arriving m Christchurch at 10.30 and returning at noon, while even the Christchurch, residents would find it a great advantage to have the extra hour (11 to 12) for business purposes before starting for Dunedin. As to the time of arrival in* Dunedin the traveller might just as well arrive there at a quarter to 1Q as at a quarter to 9. Jn any case thp is too late to transact business the same night, and the starting of the express from South an hour later would m many cases enable the traveller to return thp next day after arrival instead of the day aff;er that. Again the starting of the Mount Sopors train from Ashburton. on four days m tho week at 4.25 instead pf 5.4 ft as formerly is a distinct disadI vantage, and ait Alteration for which we, see no ostensible cause. It gives visitors to Aphburton eighty minutes less time to transact their business, and is exoeedingly inconvenient for thp evening newspaper delivery, as either the papers must' go to press without the late telegrams of; jtho day or the train mast be missed,' {Country pe^idontp m either case being deprived di the news of the day. Ijr tbp old time of starting cannot bo reveled to -Ai it does not flit m with pther parts of the time-table— then why n#t lpt fhe train joavp a few minutes latejt-, say at 5 o'clook, reaching MPlint Somors at 6.80 instead of 6 as at present f We commend these matters to the consideration of the Council's Committee and hope that they will see their way to endorse the suggestions we have made, and that the' Council will press them upon tti'e notice of 'the Railway Commissioners, who would, we feel sure, allay a great deal of publio dissatisfaction by giving effect $w§\Q>

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2148, 11 June 1889

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2148, 11 June 1889