The changing face of Birmingham's public transport over the past 180 years in 19 pictures

Here is a look back at how public transport has changed in Birmingham over the past 180 years

You can easily find your way around Birmingham on public transport, with people able to access trains, buses and the trams.

Birmingham once had an extensive tram network run by Birmingham Corporation Tramways. However, as in most British cities, the network was wound down and closed by the local authority, with the last tram running in 1953.

Following the abolition of the West Midlands County Council and establishment of a new Passenger Transport Authority in 1986, a new light-rail scheme under the name "Midland Metro" was revived. The tram system was launched on 30 May 1999 as Midland Metro, partly using the disused Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level Line.

And of course we have the city's vital railway stations. New Street station was built in central Birmingham by the London and North Western Railway between 1846 and 1854. Birmingham's Snow Hill Station was opened in 1852 with Moor Street Station opening in 1909.

84% of public transport use in the West Midlands is by bus, with the largest bus operator in the area being National Express West Midlands, which accounts for over 80% of all journeys and was founded in 1986.

Let's take a look back at how public transport in Birmingham has changed in these 19 pictures.

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