Trains, trams and the underground: Lost and unrealised public transport in Leeds

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This walk looks at the history of public transport in Leeds via a walk through the south bank of the city viewing train, tram and underground locations, infrastructure and schemes that no longer exist or were never realized.


As the city once again gears up for the possibility that trams may once again appear in our streets, Clifford Stead, artist, tour guide and Trustee at Leeds Civic Trust will take you on a walk across the South Bank of the city weaving in the stores of public transport that has been lost, was promised or was never realised. The tour will start outside the Wagon Hoist (soon to be opened as a museum) in Wellington Place – a remnant of Leeds Central Station that was closed in 1967. The history of rail will take in the disused Monkbridge Viaduct – now transformed into a linear garden and will look at the route of the shelved HS2 project. You will visit the site of the former tram depot and the location of city’s 1945 unrealised subway proposals. By the time the walk takes place, proposal for the next generation of Mass Raid Transit will have been unveiled and Cliff will consider their impact on the south bank of the city.

11th June 2024 from 11:00 to 12:30
Wagon Hoist, Wellington Place
Leeds, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard Leeds Civic Trust Event Fee
Leeds Civic Trust Member £6.00
Non Leeds Civic Trust Member £8.00