Victorians built underground, so why don’t we?

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From: N Bywater, Airedale Terrace, Morley, Leeds.

I’M with those who say we need Metro, the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, to form a transport policy that is fit for purpose.

Yes trolley buses are a small step forward, but only that.

We need local MPs to see the problems faced by many commuters and shoppers in Leeds.

They can manage to buy themselves a second home, partly paid for by the taxpayer.

Glasgow has had an underground for more than 100 years.

Yet a transport system that would be thought ordinary in Glasgow is not even considered.

Morley railway tunnel is one mile, 1,609 yards long and was constructed in 1848, using 2000 men and 350 horses.

If the impoverished people of 1848 Yorkshire can build such a tunnel, surely our vastly rich Government that takes, and spends, 35 per cent of all our money, could think a little harder than land surface transport?

Back in the 1840s, Morley 
tunnel was constructed in less than three years; with today’s excess of labour and modern machinery, Leeds could have a whole network of underground tunnels in a very short space of time.

David Cameron shafted us 
on proportional representation and having an elected Mayor, so the local councillors and MPs, stand up, shout loud, and be counted.