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Mind The Gap: Student's £100bn plan for West Yorks Underground including Bradford

PLANS for a potential £100billion underground system for West Yorkshire, including many areas of the Bradford district, have been drawn up by a student.

Tom Wild, a third year psychology student at the University of Bradford, has devised a London Underground-style map with colour co-ordinated lines to connect the county from Keighley to Pontefract.

His proposal, called 'Mass Transit in West Yorkshire: A Long Overdue Proposal' includes seven lines; Calder, Wuthering Freights, Titus Salt, Halifax, Wilberforce and Piece Hall Lines with a total length of 205km/127.4 miles and a total of 119 stops.

The pink-coloured Titus Salt Line runs between Leeds City Centre and Saltaire, including district stops at Shipley, Idle, Greengates, Rawdon, Yeadon and Leeds Bradford Airport.

The orange-coloured Calder Line runs between Baildon and Pontefract, featuring district stops at Wyke, Low Moor, Bradford Interchange, Lister Park, Frizinghall and Shipley.

The dark red Endeavour Line includes stops at Barkerend, Bradford Interchange, University, Little Horton and Clayton.

The green Wuthering Freights line runs from Thornhill to Lund Park, the stop after Keighley. It also takes in stops including at Liversedge, Cleckheaton, Low Moor and Bingley.

He say the underground would have health, educational and connectivity benefits for the whole of West Yorkshire, with Leeds the largest city in Western Europe without a functioning mass transit system.

He argues 1.7-2.3million people are left without necessary tools to travel.

Wild, who has sent his proposal off to a variety of bodies including Bradford Council, estimates the project would cost around £100bn, but the economy would expect a £300bn net profit.

He has drawn up a 17-page proposal outlining his plan. The system features 14 major hospitals, eight university campuses, three city centres, four major town centres, eight major train stations and Leeds Bradford Airport.

Wild, who is originally from Scarborough, said: "This is something I did in my spare time.

"It was not too difficult to put together, I was just thinking about it quite a lot.

"It came about, as trying to get around Bradford without a car is near to impossible.

"This system, in my view is especially important to Bradford due to its history of neglect and current economic problems.

"It is true that this would be expensive for the district, and the benefits would not be felt for potentially decades, but it is essential for Bradford as with all areas of West Yorkshire outside of Leeds to be given equal funding.

"Not only would this instil a sense of regional identity, it would prevent areas like Bradford being categorised as satellite cities to Leeds, they would instead be equal and functioning areas of a much larger conurbation.

"Bradford, Like Leeds, is built to connect some of the more important parts of the district such as BRI and the two University campuses while connecting some of the more distant areas to the centre such as Clayton, Baildon and Low Moor.

"The areas of Bradford disconnected from this system, like Leeds, are also many and a tram/light rail system should be put in place to create intra-city networks and link areas such as Allerton, Holme Wood, Wibsey and everything between Thorpe Edge and Wapping."

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