Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham transport museum facing closure

A transport museum in Birmingham looks likely to close after failing to buy its premises from the city council.

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum could not agree a price for the Victorian tram shed which houses the museum.

Negotiations started after council funding stopped around two years ago. The museum has about 10,000 visitor a year.

Geoff Lusher, museum chairman, said the council's rent of £43,000 a year was too high.

"We estimate each visitor would need to pay about £8 per visit to meet current costs... when the rest of the city's (museums) are free," Mr Lusher said.

The council said the closure was sad but the trustees had not come up with a sustainable long-term business plan.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites