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Metro Cammell Weymann

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Metro Cammell Weymann (MCW)
PredecessorsMetro Cammell
Weymann Motor Bodies
FateSold by the Laird Group; some bus designs sold to Optare
HeadquartersWashwood Heath, Birmingham, England
Elmdon, Solihull, England (1944–1969)[1]
ProductsBus bodywork
Integral buses and coaches
OwnerLaird Group
Preserved Travel West Midlands Mk2 MCW Metrobus in Highter's Heath, Birmingham
Kowloon Motor Bus 3-axle Metro Cammell Weymann Super Metrobus (11 metres (36 ft)) in Hong Kong
Kentish Bus MCW Metroliner DR130 on Buckingham Palace Road in London
London Country North West MCW Metrorider in Hemel Hempstead in 1992

Metro Cammell Weymann Ltd. (MCW) was a British bus manufacturer and bus body builder based at Washwood Heath in Birmingham, England. MCW was established in 1932 by Metro-Cammell's bus bodybuilding division and Weymann Motor Bodies to produce bus bodies.

MCW bus bodies were built in Metro-Cammell's and Weymann's factories until 1966 when Weymann's factory in Addlestone was closed (the Metro-Cammell and Weymann brand names were discontinued in the same year). From 1977 onward, MCW also built bus chassis.

In 1989 the Laird Group decided to sell its bus and rail divisions. No buyer for all of the subdivisions could be found so each product was sold separately to various companies interested in its assets. The Metrorider was bought by Optare who relaunched it as the MetroRider; the Metrobus design was bought by DAF (chassis) and Optare (body), who jointly reworked it into the Optare Spectra. The Metroliner design was acquired by Optare though not pursued. The Metrocab was bought by Reliant. Metro-Cammell's rail division and the Washwood Heath factory went to GEC Alsthom.



  • London Transport RF
  • London Transport RLH
  • Orion series
  • London Transport's DMS body built in partnership with Park Royal throughout the 1970s.
  • West Midland PTE's standard bus body in the 1970s on both the Daimler/Leyland Fleetline (again built in partnership with Park Royal) and the Bristol VR.
  • A generic double deck body range built in the 1970s on Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline chassis with notable customers being the Merseyside, Tyne & Wear and West Midlands PTE's.

Chassis/Complete buses[edit]



  1. ^ "MCW returns to Washwood Heath". Commercial Motor. Temple Press. 21 November 1969. p. 29. Retrieved 2 January 2024.