Hawthorns walkway named in honour of Roger Horton

The walkway used by thousands of West Bromwich Albion fans arriving for home matches at the Hawthorns has been named in honour of a long-serving regional transport chief.

The walkway leading from the Hawthorns tram stop and railway station towards the stadium is now called Roger Horton Way.

It is in recognition of former councillor Roger Horton’s work to promote public transport across the West Midlands.

Roger Horton with cllr Phil Bateman and cllr Kath Hartley, chair of TfWM's transport delivery committee
Roger Horton with cllr Phil Bateman and cllr Kath Hartley, chair of TfWM's transport delivery committee

Earlier this year he retired after 44-years on Sandwell Council due to ill health.

The lifelong Baggies fan has also been a member of the West Midlands transport authority since 1985 – including serving as vice-chairman.

Laura Shoaf managing director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) said: “Roger has been involved in and driven a huge number of projects including park and ride, bus and rail interchanges, cycle hubs and of course the West Midlands Metro.

“This hard work and determination over many years is why we have honoured him with this walkway.”

Roger was joined by his wife Cllr Linda Horton, their family and council and transport colleagues for the announcement and was assisted by his friend Cllr Phil Bateman for the unveiling.

He said: “Over many years and under different transport titles we have together fought for, bid for and been successful in obtaining funding and support for our tram infrastructure.

“We have together served the people the best we can and made a real difference to their lives. 

“Thank you all for this wonderful honour of a street name near to two of my passions, the Metro and the Baggies.”

 Leader of Sandwell council Cllr Yvonne Davies said: “It’s wonderful to see Roger’s years of public service and dedication being recognised in his lifetime.

“Roger is so very highly valued for the contribution he has made to public transport in both Sandwell and across the region, as well as for the hard work he has put into the council, his voluntary work and improving our communities.

“I’m thrilled and so is Roger and his family to have his commitment recognised in this way."