Hi Dudley. I suggest you examine the documents from the Traffic Managers conferences from that era that I passed on to the TMSV prior to my return to the UK in 1976. I know that Bolte wanted to convert route 8 to buses in that time. Dave Menzies.
PS. Could a piece be written please on the Metro proposals from Melbourne which would be handy for those “ Up Top” to follow. Thanks. Dave Menzies. MMTB Traffic. 1969 - 76
From:mcloughlin.dj@... [TramsDownUnder] Sent: Friday, 19 May, 2017 8:32 AM To:TramsDownUnder@... Subject: 1041 - 1070 was Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Russell St [Was: Glenhuntly - 1957 and 2017]
> I have been asking for documentary evidence that Bolte cancelled 1041 to 1070. Or, as you put it, " was reportedly enraged by it" the conversion of the Bourke Street routes. But no takers.
It is on page 34 of Destination City 5th edition: "Construction of a further 30 W7 class cars had commenced and 10 were well advanced when the State Government cancelled the order to reduce expenditure."
The State Government of course was Bolte. I have seen various other written references over the years, including what Bolte's transport minister said at the opening of (IIRC) East Preston Depot, built for the Bourke St bus conversions.
> Nothing about it in his biography,
Indeed not. I have a copy and read it carefully. No mention of trams at all from memory. I shall dig it out later.