Conisbrough People “Would be held to Ransom” – 1/2 p Increase in Fares

January 1956

South Yorkshire Times, January 14, 1956

Conisbrough People “Would be held to Ransom”

When Doncaster and Rotherham Corporations and Sheffield Joint Committees sought permission from the Yorkshire cup licensing Authority in Sheffield on Monday to increase to 2d, the only 1 ½ d first stage on the Sheffield – Doncaster route, Mr R.F.Edwardson, Clerk to Conisbrough Urban Council, said local people would be “held to ransom.”

The stage concerned the half mile between the Star Hotel and Don View Conisbrough.

Mr Edwardson said there would be some merit in the proposal if it was based on increased costs, but it was for a purely administrative convenience.

“We strongly object to being held to ransom on this pretext, and we ask you to dismiss the application because it is preposterous and ridiculous.” he said

The licensing authority officer Maj F.S. Eastwood gave permission for the increase after being told that the 2d minimum would not be included in any future fare increase application.

Mr Thomas Bamford general manager of Doncaster Corporation Transport Department said the application was based on a fare system which his Corporation wanted to introduce.

This system would reduce the number of tickets issued to passengers travelling the whole distance.

In a year it would mean the saving of seven and 50,000 tickets, but that would be impossible if the 1 ½ d fair in Conisbrough was not eliminated.

Mr Bamford said a check on this section was made last year and in 28 days only 113 people got on and off between those two points.

On Sunday, only one person was carried purely between Don View and the Star Hotel.