A popular transport museum forced from its long-standing Birmingham home by council chiefs has been given fresh hope that it could re-open within months.
The Aston Manor Transport Museum bid a farewell to visitors at its former base, in a Victorian tram depot in Witton Lane in October, after a rent wrangle with Birmingham City Council.
Now negotiations are to begin which could see the collection of 20 vintage buses back on display in Aldridge.
Volant Passenger Vehicle Solutions, which owns a former dust cart production building in Aldridge, have offered part of the premises to the museum.
Geoff Lusher, Aston Manor Transport Museum chairman, said the move could herald in a new chapter for the venture.
He said: “We’ll be negotiating over the next couple of weeks over a potential lease which would allow us to open up on that site as a museum.
“It is exciting, it’s the big unknown.”
Mr Lusher said if negotiations with Volant were successful the museum would open as soon as possible and would be searching for volunteers to help run the attraction.
“I think people in the northern part of the Black Country will identify with us - there’s a big market of people out there with engineering skills.”
Volant Passenger Vehicle Solutions, hope to turn the Aldridge site from a bus refurbishment site into a manufacturing plant.
Matt Shenton, from Volant, said: “The museum will be located into this half of the building and the other side of the building will be where our production line will be.
“There will be viewing areas where you can look through and actually see the production in progress.”
Mr Lusher said of Volant: “I think they see a synergy, people coming in seeking bus repairs and they can see what we’re about too.
“I think we’ve got to keep level heads with the negotiations. By the middle of January we should know if its a go or a no-go.”