Forty years on from final day of WMPTE conductor operations - can you help?

Forty years on from the last day of West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive conductor operations, National Express West Midlands is hoping to locate two former employees that were photographed in Acocks Green.

John Robinson, a keen bus enthusiast, contacted the bus operator to ask for help in tracking down those photographed. 

The image shows the pair on Westley Road on 17 March 1978, which was the last day that conductors worked on West Midlands buses. 

John said: “I think at the time I took the photograph it was a crew changeover, so if it was the end of their shift the conductress will have just issued her last tickets and would probably have been a very poignant moment for her.”

To mark the forty year anniversary, National Express West Midlands has offered to help John recreate the same scene, with the same individuals pictured next to a current double-decker.

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said:

“We really hope that somebody might recognise the lady and gentleman in John’s photograph. There is so much history behind public transport in our region and we would love to mark this forty year anniversary by recreating the scene.”

The former West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) was responsible for public transport in the region from 1969 until 2016 and from 1990 had operated under the name Centro. Following the establishment of the West Midlands Combined Authority and its transport arm Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), responsibilities were transferred to TfWM in June 2016.

Published 22nd February 2018