PLANS for a potential £100 billion underground system for West Yorkshire – including a line to Keighley – 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 blueprint, Mass Transit in West Yorkshire: A Long Overdue Proposal, features half a dozen lines: Calder, Wuthering Freights, Titus Salt, Halifax, Wilberforce and Piece Hall. They total 127.4 miles in length and have 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 itself. It also takes in stops at Liversedge, Cleckheaton, Low Moor and Bingley.

He says the underground would have health, educational and connectivity benefits for the whole of West Yorkshire.

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

Mr 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.

Mr Wild 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 because trying to get around Bradford without a car is near to impossible.

“This system, in my view, is especially important to Bradford due to a history of neglect and economic problems.

“It is true that this would be expensive, and the benefits would not be felt for potentially decades, but it is essential for all of West Yorkshire outside of Leeds to be given equal funding.”