Reference HLG 900/59
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Transport Charges. Cheap travel facilities for relatives
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Transport and travel, Families and relationships
Document Types Official Correspondence, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 6: Southern (Reading HQ)
Locations Dorchester, Somerset, Southampton
Organisations County Borough Councils, Education Committee, Ministry of Transport


A file of correspondence relating to cheap rail fare provisions for parents from Southampton to visit their evacuated children in reception areas. Subjects covered in the file include the failure of Southampton to receive cheaper travel provisions in cases where evacuees are residing in areas less than fifty miles away, as the Ministry of Transport contends that such tickets are already cheap, despite the provision of fare reductions for similar cases in other areas. Other subjects discussed include the dissatisfaction of parents travelling to Dorchester and the surrounding areas due to poor provisions onwards from the town; and a request for three-day vouchers for parents' travel to Dorchester. Documents in the file include a letter from a Southampton mother requesting a reduction in fares to visit her children in Somerset, as she cannot afford a train ticket or postage to send her children their winter clothes.


children, clothing, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, infrastructure, local authorities, parents, postal communications, poverty, prices, public transport, railway stations, railways, subsidies, transportation, unaccompanied evacuees, weather, winter

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