Leeds Core Bus Network

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We would like to share with you our plans to improve the information you use to plan journeys and use the bus system around Leeds. We want to make it easier to plan and take bus journeys by creating a user-friendly and accessible set of maps and new colour coded bus stop flags, shelters and other on-street infrastructure that link to bus lines across the city. We have created 13 bus lines that group together existing services to help you easily navigate the core bus network and get you from A to B.

These improvements are planned on the core bus network for stops with services that run at least every 15 minutes or serve key destinations.

We've created a trial bus stop in the city centre to show you how our proposals might work. Check out the video below and let us know your views by filling in our survey.




Why are we doing this?

This project aims to:

  • Address the current challenges people face when trying to plan and get around using the bus network in Leeds.
  • Help people who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the core bus network to get around more easily.
  • Encourage more people to use the bus as they will be able to plan their routes and journeys more easily.

What are the benefits?

This scheme has the potential to:

  • Encourage more people to travel by bus
  • Provide benefits to the economy by enabling people to travel to work, education, shops and other local services more easily
  • Provide social benefits including improvements to people's health and reductions in social isolation

The project is part of a series of transport improvements planned within the Connecting Leeds programme. Once the Leeds network is complete, the scheme will be rolled out across the rest of West Yorkshire, subject to further funding being secured.

What are we doing?

We are creating a package of wayfinding maps and enhancements to bus flags and bus shelters that reflect the colours and names of the bus lines across the city. These improvements are planned for stops on the core bus network with services that run at least every 15 minutes or serve key destinations.

Leeds core network map (click here to download map)

This map is an easy to use map of the core bus network across the city. It includes named and coloured route lines to help you find which bus you need to take to get from A to B. The map will be displayed at key locations across Leeds and in most bus shelters on the network.

Leeds city centre map (click here to download map)

The city centre map shows you where to catch your bus in Leeds City Centre. We have created new zones to make it easier to understand where your bus goes from and we will simplify the bus stand identifiers to simple stop letters.

New bus stop flags (click here to download plan)

The new bus flags show:

  • service numbers of all bus routes operating from that stop
  • the colour and name of the line that serves the stop
  • direction of travel
  • the availability of contactless payments.

This new flag aims to make it easier for you to identify which buses and lines operate from that stop.

Bus shelters enhancements (click here to download plan)

To make it easier to find your stop we will apply colours and names of the bus lines to shelters across the core network. You will be able to see which line serves that stop from the colours, graphics and information on the shelter.


How can you get involved?

We are still finalising the designs of the maps, bus stop flags and shelter improvements and would like your feedback on our plans.



Subject to funding approval, these improvements are likely to be made later in 2020.


Have your say


Please contact MetroLine via 0113 245 7676 or via email if you would like any information in paper format, large print or braille.


Please note that this engagement is now closed. We are currently analysing the feedback and we will soon report back on the key outcomes.


You can also use the tools to sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the development of this project. Alternatively, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.


Next steps

Feedback will be analysed and comments will be taken into consideration during the production of the final designs.

We would like to share with you our plans to improve the information you use to plan journeys and use the bus system around Leeds. We want to make it easier to plan and take bus journeys by creating a user-friendly and accessible set of maps and new colour coded bus stop flags, shelters and other on-street infrastructure that link to bus lines across the city. We have created 13 bus lines that group together existing services to help you easily navigate the core bus network and get you from A to B.

These improvements are planned on the core bus network for stops with services that run at least every 15 minutes or serve key destinations.

We've created a trial bus stop in the city centre to show you how our proposals might work. Check out the video below and let us know your views by filling in our survey.




Why are we doing this?

This project aims to:

  • Address the current challenges people face when trying to plan and get around using the bus network in Leeds.
  • Help people who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the core bus network to get around more easily.
  • Encourage more people to use the bus as they will be able to plan their routes and journeys more easily.

What are the benefits?

This scheme has the potential to:

  • Encourage more people to travel by bus
  • Provide benefits to the economy by enabling people to travel to work, education, shops and other local services more easily
  • Provide social benefits including improvements to people's health and reductions in social isolation

The project is part of a series of transport improvements planned within the Connecting Leeds programme. Once the Leeds network is complete, the scheme will be rolled out across the rest of West Yorkshire, subject to further funding being secured.

What are we doing?

We are creating a package of wayfinding maps and enhancements to bus flags and bus shelters that reflect the colours and names of the bus lines across the city. These improvements are planned for stops on the core bus network with services that run at least every 15 minutes or serve key destinations.

Leeds core network map (click here to download map)

This map is an easy to use map of the core bus network across the city. It includes named and coloured route lines to help you find which bus you need to take to get from A to B. The map will be displayed at key locations across Leeds and in most bus shelters on the network.

Leeds city centre map (click here to download map)

The city centre map shows you where to catch your bus in Leeds City Centre. We have created new zones to make it easier to understand where your bus goes from and we will simplify the bus stand identifiers to simple stop letters.

New bus stop flags (click here to download plan)

The new bus flags show:

  • service numbers of all bus routes operating from that stop
  • the colour and name of the line that serves the stop
  • direction of travel
  • the availability of contactless payments.

This new flag aims to make it easier for you to identify which buses and lines operate from that stop.

Bus shelters enhancements (click here to download plan)

To make it easier to find your stop we will apply colours and names of the bus lines to shelters across the core network. You will be able to see which line serves that stop from the colours, graphics and information on the shelter.


How can you get involved?

We are still finalising the designs of the maps, bus stop flags and shelter improvements and would like your feedback on our plans.



Subject to funding approval, these improvements are likely to be made later in 2020.


Have your say


Please contact MetroLine via 0113 245 7676 or via email if you would like any information in paper format, large print or braille.


Please note that this engagement is now closed. We are currently analysing the feedback and we will soon report back on the key outcomes.


You can also use the tools to sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the development of this project. Alternatively, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.


Next steps

Feedback will be analysed and comments will be taken into consideration during the production of the final designs.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Leeds Bus Core Network project aims to address the current challenges passengers face when trying to plan their bus journeys and navigate the existing bus network in Leeds. We want to help people who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the network of frequent buses to get around more easily. We hope to encourage more people to use the buses as they will be able to plan their routes and journeys more easily. We would like to know your thoughts on the proposals in this short survey.

    We’ve created a trial bus stop in the city centre to show you how our proposals might work. You can find the video and further information on our website: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/LeedsCoreBusNetwork

    The responses will be collected and processed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The data collected will be held only for the duration of the engagement phase of the project. Please view our privacy notice here.

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