“Always interested in what Labour was doing on public transport”
Looking back in time- Here I think we were at Perry Barr we had Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock MP visit. Neil was always interested in what Labour was doing on public transport here in the West Midlands County. We had frequent high powered visitors. Peter Snape MP for West […]
Looking Back at Transport History- Leader Neil Takes the Wheel!
Here we see Neil Kinnock MP – Leader of the Labour Party. Neil was always very supportive of what we were doing here in the West Midlands he was a frequent visitor. I enjoyed his company and I had a really interesting time talking to him about transport policy. Here he looks like he could […]
Looking Back at Transport History- The Metro Bus!
The Metro Bus was a bus that got me into trouble! When we took office in the West Midlands County Council. It was during one of the worst recessions the UK had seen. Jobs were being haemorrhaged as Thatcher closed pits and steel works right across the West midlands. The Labour Group on the West […]
Looking Back In Transport History – Working With Phil Cool!
In the 1990’s I became the Chairman of the transport body that took over from the Passenger Transport Committee of the old County Council, after Prime Minister Thatcher abolished the County Councils. The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive became Centro and it came with funky new colourful image. Here I am working with comedian Phil […]
Looking Back at Rail History -Walsall to Birmingham
Phil Bateman Chair of the West Midlands County Councils- Passenger Transport Committee on the 20th November 1984 gave the ‘Right of Way’ to the very new half hourly service between Walsall and Birmingham. This was an important development  and was part of the County Labour Party’s great efforts to modernise Public Transport in the West […]
Looking Back In Time! – Mayor Morey Launches Bus Service.
This is a picture of the first bus service on to the new Coppice Farm Estate. I was Chair of the West Midlands County Council Passenger Transport Committee at the time and my Wednesfield colleague was Councillor Arthur Morey, Mayor of Wolverhampton, who launched the service. This was in 1983 and the new bus service […]
Wednesfield North – Not a Hot Spot of Violent Crime!
Knife crime is making all the news. I wanted to find out the latest information as it affects Wednesfield North. I wrote to Chief Inspector Beth Bridges. I have yet to receive the full details I requested, but I do think that this interim response gives an indication that Wednesfield North is not a ” […]
Battle Lines Drawn – As City Declines Request!
I had been requested by some residents to source a durable bench from the Wolverhampton City Council, to be fitted on the Green Walkways that link Ashmore Park with Coppice Farm . The walkways were constructed during the 1980’s so that walkers and ramblers could be linked from Essington and the South Staffordshire Green Belt with […]
Looking Back at History! -Arguing the Case for Rapid Transit.
I have long believed in having a rapid transit system for Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. I have done a lot to create the conditions and the arguments over decades for the construction of a Light Rail System. This was taken at the Labour Party Conference back in the early 80’s. I was lighter and […]
Looking Back in History – The Day When Gwen Stafford Good became Mayor.
I have been pulling together lots of history! Well you do when you get to a specific age. One of the newspaper clippings caught my eye as it related to the Mayor Making of my former Ward Colleague and teacher from my former school – Wards Bridge Secondary Modern. Gwen was Mayor of Wolverhampton from […]

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more