On April 1st 1974 the new West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive arrived. Taking over the former municipal transport departments of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Todmorden. The PTE chose Verona Green and Buttermilk for the livery of buses, saw the Bradford Interchange completed, re-numbered all bus services in West Yorkshire. Entered talks with the NBC and British Rail regarding the network, thus building the Metro/National company and the Metrotrain local rail network. New off-peak fares were experimented on in 1981 and continued beyond the PTE, albeit in a much high price band. The Saverstrip and Metrocards were also popular amongst passengers, giving savings across the board. The Leyland Atlantean and Fleetline were the staple diet of the 1970's bus orders, with Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses arriving in the 1980's.
On April 6th 2014 Metro 40 will be holding a special event in central Bradford marking 40 years since the PTE arrived. Two display areas will be at the popular Bradford Centenary Square and the Jacob's Well council car park, opposite the Interchange. Stall holders will be able to sell various transport related items from within the former Hall Ings bus depot, now home Gala Bingo. On display will a selection of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Todmorden vehicles, with former WYPTE buses and visiting PTE buses aswell. First Group who are kindly supporting this event have allowed Metro 40 access to the modern Bowling Back Lane Bus Depot, with special guided tours. So come along and make a day of it by remembering the old green and cream PTE buses, with free vintage bus rides around Bradford, static displays of former municipal companies buses, a depot tour of Bowling Back Lane and have a look at the old Hall Ings depot, when you browse the stalls.