I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Friday, 20 July 2018

West Midlands One Livery for All

Change seems to be afoot in the West Midlands as the Metro has decided to standardise bus liveries of the various operators in the area. Personally I think these sort of political gestures are just that and a waste of time and money when done on their own without other improvements. It's a bit like calling the River Severn something else so that it will no long flood.  They say it prevents confusion but I argue that it is the other way around as many people now know which is their bus simply by the livery without looking to see where it's going. Naturally they will be wearing National Express West Midlands current two tone red colour but had it been a truly democratic decision they might have picked something else, but I only say this as the idea of West Midlands having to paint  all it's hundreds of buses in the thirteen Banga Bus blue and yellow made me smile imagining their shocked faces. I can't say I will miss the colours of Thandi though like this Dennis Dart seen in Walsall. I wonder if this will affect Arriva too and other operators who nip into the area like Select.


Ross said...

All buses in Birmingham and the Black Country to be red?
You know what this means, don't you?

Midland Red is reborn. Rejoice! :o)

christopher said...

Ross I very much like the strong red livery what I term 'proper bus colours' but I think West Midlands buses should follow tradition and be blue.

Ross said...

Whilst I agree with you, red not looking quite "right" for the West Midlands, I'm going to be irritatingly pedantic and suggest that shouldn't it be red for the Black Country, green for Wolverhampton, mid-blue for Walsall, blue and cream for Brum and however you describe West Brom's nice but ornate livery for Sandwell?

WMPTE blue and cream was only a tweak of Brum's colours after all, so it was a Brummie take-over of everything else (as, arguably, was everything else about WMPTE!)


[The smiley is for the benefit of anyone offended by my apparent criticism of BCT's hegemony. I'm a Brummie, so I'm allowed to be rude about BCT!]

christopher said...

Ross I would bring it all back if I could and the buses of course. I did enjoy it when WM revived all the corporation liveries on a few Metrobuses etc as a celebration of it's heritage.