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 This has been replaced by Otley by-pass.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

So we are finally leaping into the future with Google’s automatic driver-less car. I’ve blogged about the potentialĀ of driver-less vehicles before, but this one is different. It has no steering wheel or pedals and more sensors. Imagine a day with no more news stories about fatal car crashes, never being annoyed at poor drivers, getting on with your life while commuting & having your car come and pick you up from the pub. The future is here!!

http://tiny.cc/mv9kgx

Here’s an interesting idea: roads powered by solar panels. Collecting the energy of the sun, they can use heat to de-ice when they get snow or ice one & with LED lights they can signal to road users of dangers ahead. Genius.

More info including a video here:

http://tiny.cc/278kgx

I saw this brilliant idea by Sir Norman Foster recently, a man who knows a thing or two about architecture.
The idea is simply to use the space in the city vertically by putting cycle lanes above existing railway lines. With the recent spate of cyclists being killed on London’s overcrowded roads, this to me is the way forward. When I was growing up, this is how cities of the future looked like!

Sir Norman Foster Sky Cycle proposal

Proposed SkyCycle lanes

Related links

Well I never knew two way cycle lanes existing in the UK until now. This article on The new Royal College Street cycle tracks describes the route in Camden Town, London and a bit of the history behind it.

Personally I think it is necessary to separate cars and bikes completely as in this example from Barcelona:

Dual cycle lane in Barcelona

I think it is true to say that cyclists don’t like cars in the way and car drivers certainly don’t like cyclist cutting in front of them all the time, so come on councils, the future is dedicated cycle lanes!