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 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.


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