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Leeds is an amazing city: my favourite place I’ve ever lived. But one thing it does really badly is public transport. We have one massive railway station in the centre of town and then (with a few exceptions) the rest of the city is accessible by unreliable, expensive and unpleasant First buses.
As I have got to know the city better, one thing has kept coming back to me: wouldn’t it be amazing if Leeds had a metro system? So I imagined an alternate reality where the city I love has an amazing and reliable underground railway called Leeds Tube.
Leeds Tube has several lines that connect the major population centres and attractions, including the Meanwood Line which connects the various settlements in North Leeds that have a very close relationship with one another and the Leeds-Bradford Line that connects the airport with Shipley for onward rail connections to Bradford and its suburbs.
I drew a fancy tube map1 (above) and I also plotted roughly where I think the stations would be on a Google Map (below):
View Leeds Tube in a larger map
How would your life be changed if Leeds had a Tube? What journeys would it help you with? Would you put the stations or lines somewhere else if you were designing it? Let me know in the comments!
Edit: Following some feedback on Twitter, I’ve made a couple of changes to the Beeston area, which I’d been thinking about before but didn’t make, for some reason.