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INTERVIEW WITH MR HANNAY. This morning a number of gentlemen Interested m the train arrangements, waited on Mr Hannay, Railway Commlaa'oner, with referonoa thereto. The meeting was arranged by Mr E. G Wright at whoEe aaggeatlon Mr Haanay arreed to visit Aabburton, and ascertain the general opinion m reference to the , alterailona recently made In the. times of running the trains. Owing to the short notice given of (he Intended visit, no members of the Ooanty Council, with the exaeptlon of Mr Wright were present, but the Mayor and Messrs D. Williamson and D. MoFarlane represented the Borough Council, and Meßars T, Bullock and B H. Brown also attended. Mr Hannay, who was aeoompanled by Mr Garstln, tbe Dlatriot Traffic Manager, was met at the railway station, and t*fcen to the Ooanty Oounoll nffioas, where the gentlemen mentioned above, proceeded to lay their views before him. Mr Wright, who was vote 3 to the ohalr, said that the not'oe of Mr Hannay's Intention to visit Aahburton had bean very short, and therefore there bad not been tlmn to summon a meeting of the Ooanty Oouoolh However, he had no doubt that the members of the Borough Conn oil would be able to give a full exposition of tbe vfows of the townspeople. He believed that the matter the town was mainly Intereited m waa the hour at which the evening train from pbrietohurch arrived, and that it was desired., that the train might arrive here before the express left, thus avoiding the present delay at Dromore, The only way m which, this could be managed was by starting fhe train twenty or twenty-five minuses earlier. Se understood that as far as the Bailway authorities were concerned | there was no difficulty about this, but it was a question whether, people would care about the train leaving at the earlier hour. It was a question of a choice of evils : To have less time to tranaiot their business m Ohristohurob, or to be kept waiting at Dromore. He would now a?k the Mayor, on behalf of the Borough to lay his views before Mr Hannay, The Mayor said that the notice, whioh was received last night, of Mr Hannty's contemplated visit, was too short to allow of a full meeting of the Borough Council being held, but they had buoaeed<»d that mornin? In getting together a meeting at which the train arrangements ■were ftrtly discussed. With a few exceptionß the present arrangements were satisfactory. The Council, however, thought that the morning train from Aahburton should arrive In Christ Huron by ten o'olook, and thus give people from Aahburton more time la which to transact their business In Ohrletohuroh. Then theie w«b another matter whioh wai of considerable Importance to people. In this district, and that was In reference to Communication with Tfmaro. At preient ! the morning train started from Orarl, m the midst of a tussock heap, and be strongly thought that train should be itarted from Aehbrjrton, As matters were at preient, anyone having occasion to visit Tlmaru had to leave by the express train whioh arrived too late to allow •f any business being done on that particular day. A large portion of the Supreme Court buuness of this dii triot is done at Tlmaru, and persons who were engaged In any case were, In oonsequenoe of the present arrangement of the trains, compelled to leave Ashbuiton on the day before the sitting of the Court. His opinion was that no K>eU expects would be entailed on the Department by reverting to the old system of starting tbe morning train to Tlmatu from AsLbnrton instead of from Orarl. People m the town had no fault to find with the expreaa whioh suited them .very well. They desired that some alteration should be made In the time of running the evening train from Ohrlstohuroh. People wlo travelled by fiat train were stack up at Dromore till the pxpr bh pass? d— on one rooaeiqp he oooled his heeh for thirty-one minutes— and they thought that If the train were started at four o'clock, this stoppage might be avoided. Ho end those with him bad not coma there to oavlll at and kick up rows with the management, they were very well satisfied with the present arrangements, and except In regard to the Tlmaru train and the sticking up at Dromore, they hid little to say, Mr D. H. Brown desired to represent to the Oomralstloners the large amount of goods traffic contributed to the railway by Ashburton, and he thought that if Instead of making the radical ohangea they bad, they had oontented themselves with starting tbe express, an hour earlier, and making up another hour on the running It would have been better. Of oonrse the Commissioners had made the alterations la what they oonoeived to be the interests of the public, but he was of opinion that tbe arrangements had been altered too muoh, and as a oonsequenoe the goodß traffio here was considerably upset. Under the old arrangements a train left here at 11 o'olook every day and this train was found very handy In sending goods to steamers, ThA« train now ran only three days 1 a week, and as several trainß arrived m Ashburton about the same time there was too much work for the shunters. The passenger trains suited Ashburton and Ghristchurob very well, but there was a great deal of dissatisfaction about Hinds, atd other places to the southward. Mr Wright desired it to be understood that it was not Ashburtpn alone which had to be considered, beoausethe interests of tbe obuntry settlers were entitled to equal consideration, Mr Bullock snid that the opinion of those who travelled by these trains iraa that the early morning train should arrive m Christohurch by ten o'clook, and the evening train leave there as near four oolook as poisible, and as there was no stopping place between Burnham and Chrlstchuroh the train cou'd make up time between those stations, getting into Ashburton before the express left, thus avoiding, the tedious wait at Dromore He agreed with tbe Mayor that If a morning t'tfin could be run to Timaru it would be very convenient. Mr Hannay expressed his pleasure at having had the opportunity, through Mr Wright, of meeting those present and hearing their viewa. Of course they oould nop expect him to say what was to be done, or if anything was to be done, as he would have first to consult his fellow Commissioners, but he oould s»y that the suggestions which had beeij laid beforg hljn w.ould v receive tte fullest consideration, ft was the des'po q£ the Commissioners to make '-"•■H«ementß moat suitable those .... -.-*^ k w j tll | he for the district, oonsio*^. eoonomtoal working of the railways. As regarded the evening tialn there wai no praotloal difficulty In arranging the hour of starting so that It might arrive In Aahburton before the express left, but the difficulty anticipated by the authorities waa that tbe people travelling would themaelvss objeot to the train starting at an earlier hour. To reach Ashburton before the express left it would be necouaaiy to atart the train at 3.40 p.m., and people might objeot to the train starting at this hour, m the same way an people In the Malvern district weroi objecting to the earlier hour at wbloh their evening train was now started, There was, however, no way of avoiding the wait at Dromore except by starting the train at either an earlier or a later hour. In regard to what had been said about a morning trajn frsm Ashburton to Tlmaru. he might xts'o ifraj ouoh a train was In existence f>t z.-.i ac time, but it had been stoppod <$ appoimt of no business being done by it, and no one taking advantage of It, Howevti, this and tha othn matt^i whioh hi 4 few*

■Bgg— m .ii! ii i iij j.-ti brought nndor his noiloe would receive I o ireful consideration. The Mayor thought that if the evening train from Ohrintchurch were started at 3 49, that would be found much too early* His private opinion was that the train should be started later than at present;. Of course a la'er a l . art would be inconvenient to ooantry Bottlers, but snoh an early hour aa 3 40 wouU not Bait business people. As to iho early morning train ta rimaru, ho believed the reason th*t traia was stopped tome years aoro was because it did not pay, but if it did not pay from Ashbarton he did not think it would pay from Orari. Publ c convenience had to be consulted, and public convenience did not always pay, though he did not carry the point so far as to advocate the working of unprofitable lines. Mr Wright "said that his sympathy waa with the Commissioners In the matter of this request for an eariy morning train to Timwu, beoanse he saw a good deal of the working of this train m past years, and it was not taken advantage of to an extent that wm'd jas'ify i b runniog. Unfortunately the Mayor and a lew of the ttoroujih Councillors had appeared frequently' m the Tixnaru courts lately, but that was not to be the normal state of affairs. As regarded a atook train, the eleven o'olook train to Ohrlstchuroh ran only on three days a week, a serious in* convenience to those who had to send stock to the markets or freez* ing works, If people sent their sheep by the 3 45 train they did not get into Ohrletohuroh until Beven o'olook In the evening, and had to stand m the trucks ail night, which It would be conceded was not the belt preparation for oonvertion Into good mutton. Ho wai not surprised that there was a difference of opinion In regaid to the time at whloh the evening train should start, and tb« question was whloh opinion ahould pie. vail. If the ooantry settlers were polled they would, he was certain, vote io favor of the train starting earlier. Country people had m many instances several mllas to drive after the train arrived litre, bat townspeople wete at borne. Ho would submit with all respeot that the tswnapeople were not by any means tha majority of settler ■, and tbe ooantry people were entitled to have due weight attached to their wishes. As the Inter* view was being reported it would enable those holding strong opinions to express their views through another channel, Mr Bullodk thought that If the evening train were Btarted at four o'olook, It could easily reach Ashbutton In two hoaei and three quarters. Mr Wright said that no d"*bt the reply to that would be that the time of arrival would be too cloae to that of the express. If the Ghrlatohuroh train were late tha express would be delayed also. , Mr Bnllook said he was quft9 aura psople would not ba satlefiad irttx tha train leaving at twenty mlnutas to four. Mr Hannay said that the Sonthbridge people were satisfied with the hour of starting of their evening train, five minutes to four, and if the Ashburton train started at say tea minutes to four ho thought it would be suitable. A vote of thanks to Mr Hannay, moved by Mr and seconded by Mr Thomafc closed the interview.

Messrs Wright and Stadho'lme have had an interview with Mr Hannav m leferenoe to Hinds station being made a •topping place for the express train. Although Mr H&nnay refrained from giving any definita promise we understand that it is likely that the matter will be satisfactorily arrarge-'.

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THE TRAIN ARRANGEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2207, 23 August 1889

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THE TRAIN ARRANGEMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2207, 23 August 1889