Bradford is a growing city but it has suffered set backs in recent times. But On Sunday April 6th, members and the Chairman of the Keighley Bus Museum organised an event to but Bradford back on the map. As a city centre attraction Centenary Square was the perfect backdrop for a collection of vintage classics from yesteryear to gather, celebrating 40 years. Since the demise of the local Corporation buses. The West Yorkshire PTE arrived on April 1st 1974, with the task to co-ordinate the transport network of West Yorkshire trading as MetroBus. The location for another display of buses was opposite the former Bradford Interchange bus depot, were stalls sold there wares. With a bad forecast the weather held out until the afternoon with some showers, with a heavy bust before the end, of the show. Sprits were not damped not one bit, nearly 2000 members of the public took a ride on some veteran buses around the city and to Bowling Back Lane First Bus depot. The free rides around Bradford got so busy that a duplicate bus was sort after to help with demand, proving that such a major bus event is needing with West Yorkshire.
Metro 40 had taken just over a year and a half to plan from were to when as the saying goes, but without the help and assistance from First Bus (for the depot visits), Metro and the members of the KBMT who wanted such a major milestone celebrate. It may have never happened! Programmes, a commemorative book, posters and some heavy advertising have led to what was a successful event in West Yorkshire. Its hoped that the full KBMT board take notice and capitalise upon this favourable exposure, as good publicity improves the profile of any enthusiast led project. The KBMT's next event will be there open day at Riverside on June 8th 2014, along the KWVR's own Diesel gala, with at least one if not more bus services connecting various heritage sites around the town.