MCW Metrobus at the City Centre end of the route in 1986
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West Midlands Travel
The existing route 65 bus route was upgraded as part of an experiment to improve bus services, by the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. A 600-metre section of concrete-edged guideway was installed on Streetly Road in the Short Heath area, a few miles from Erdington village, at the northern terminal of the route. Located in a central reservation once used by Birmingham Corporation trams, it was segregated from the carriageway used by other vehicular traffic. At the southern end of the trackway, buses used ordinary roads to reach the city centre.
Fourteen MCW Metrobus Mark II buses were acquired and fitted with guide wheels, which ran along the guideway's concrete edges. The vehicles were painted in a distinct livery, unique to Tracline 65, being silver with black and red detailing. It began operating in 1984. The trial ended in 1987 will all buses having their guide wheels removed and being used on normal services, with the last withdrawn on 26 April 2008. One, fleet number 8110, is preserved at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum.
Media related to Tracline 65 at Wikimedia Commons
- History and pictures
- Film of the service in operation
- Colour picture of a Tracline bus showing guide wheel, just ahead of the front road wheel