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"We am gewin on a Black Country tour"

By The Whisperer

With many years in the coach and bus industry, The Whisperer keeps his ear to the ground for all the latest tit-bits and gossip. Tell him what’s going on in your part of the world: e-mail him via

As part of the Black Country Festival this month, in a nod to Walsall’s transport history, National Express West Midlands has repainted a bus into Walsall Corporation livery.

The fleet was absorbed into the newly-formed West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive in October 1969, along with those of Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Birmingham and Coventry.

In 1986 WMPTE transferred its vehicles and services to West Midlands Travel, bought by National Express in April 1995.