Petrol rationing introduced for civilian use, with the basic ration being dependent upon the Horse Power of the vehicle. Accompanying this was an order fixing the maximum speed limit at 30 m.p.h. during blackout hours. The amount of fuel allocated to the local Blue Bus Company operating the Dorney - Eton Wick - Windsor service necessitated revision of their timetable leading to a less frequent service. Wartime restrictions allowing no service after 9 pm.
As more evacuees and war workers came to the village the service became inadequate for their needs and representations were made by the Eton U.D.C. on behalf of the village residents and Mr.Cole, the proprietor, to the Ministry of Fuel for an increased ration but no increase was given and the service stopped at 9 pm for most of the war years.
This is an extract from Round and About Eton Wick: 1939 - 1945. The book was researched, written and published in 2001 by John Denham.