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 Midlands County. It was a great decision at the time.
The rail line has gone from strength to strength. I was very proud of our County Council manifesto.