It seems it is just a matter of time before a major accident happens near you these days. 4 young adults were killed in this accident last weekend between a taxi and a car full of teenagers and every time it makes me think, would that have happened in a self drive car?

Lampost surrounded by flower tributes

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Leeds city centre hosted the start of the Tour de France in 2014. For years cyclists have had to share the roads with ever increasing road vehicles. But now, dedicated cycle lanes are being added through the city, combined with schemes to create a direct cycle route with neighbouring city Bradford.

The city centre scheme is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

More details about the Leeds cycle lane improvements

Proposed cycle lanes Leeds, England

Leeds and Bradford are getting 3 new train stations at Apperley Lane, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor.

When I say new, in some cases they are the sites of old stations. I found an old map from the 1950’s which shows the old stations dotted around the city, all of which would be really handy today. Shame they got rid of them.

Kirkstall & Armley

Map shows old Kirkstall station near Bridge Rd, Kirkstall and Armley station near Canal Road.

Otley

Map showing the old Otley Station. This has been replaced by Otley by-pass. The old route can be seen on satellite maps.

Map of Laisterdyke 1950s

Old station at Laisterdyke

Armley & Holbeck map 1950s

Map showing Leeds city centre and old Holbeck stations.

Japan was the first country to go for a high speed rail network which is arguably still the best in the world but they’re not resting on their laurels.
The Mag Lev has been tested for a while now and is the future of rail travel (without the rails of course).

I hope that the powerhouse nations look at installing this system rather than wasting time on traditional trains but I suspect the cheaper option will always get the green light.

Further reading:

Toyko station under construction

Science Alert article

Big cities, including my own, are realising the importance of encouraging cycling. Moscow is in the news today as it tries to get more people on bikes. The benefits are obvious:

  • More bikes, less cars
  • Traffic flows better with less vehicles
  • People get fitter and healthier
  • The culture changes in favour of cycling
  • More people cycle as a result of the culture change

What is interesting in the article is the big differences in cycle friendly cities to those not quite there yet. See the link for the full article:

Original Guardian article

Leeds city station new entrance

What the Leeds Station southern entrance will look like

Leeds mainline station is getting an upgrade this year, a new south entrance. It will help the flow of passengers to the stations which is one of the busiest in the country outside of London. They anticipate that 20% of passengers will make use of this entrance.

See the progress here

Also due for completion later this year, the Leeds-Shipley line is getting two new stations. In reality, they are old stations from the Beeching report closures getting re-instated. For years it puzzled me why a train could go from Leeds to Shipley without stopping anywhere. A total waste of a train line which once down the Aire valley stops regularly at the outlying towns of Saltaire, Bingley, Keighley and Skipton.

The two stations will be at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge and include improvements to the surrounding roads. Details of the two new stations can be found in this document.