Stanningley

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Stanningley
Stanningley is located in West Yorkshire
Stanningley
Stanningley
Stanningley shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE225346
• London 170 mi (270 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PUDSEY
Postcode district LS28
Dialling code 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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UK
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53°48′25″N 1°40′01″W / 53.807°N 1.667°W / 53.807; -1.667Coordinates: 53°48′25″N 1°40′01″W / 53.807°N 1.667°W / 53.807; -1.667

Stanningley is a district of Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Leeds city centre on the A647 road, the original main road from Leeds to Bradford. The appropriate Leeds Metropolitan Ward is Bramley and Stanningley.

Public art near Stanningley Road

UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane[edit]

Stanningley is perhaps most notable for the fact that a section of the A647 road Stanningley Road and Stanningley By-Pass became the UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane in 1998.[1] This important part of the route between Leeds and Bradford experienced high levels of traffic congestion and there were few public transport priority measures. The council originally wanted to install a bus lane, but found that bus service frequencies were too low to justify it.[2]

It began on a trial basis and was made permanent after proving successful.

The project was part of an EU research project called Increasing CAR Occupancy (ICARO). Its objectives were to increase car occupancy by encouraging car sharing and to demonstrate the feasibility of providing a lane for shared use by buses, other high occupancy vehicles, motorcycles and cycles.[1]

Stanningley rugby[edit]

Stanningley is the home of Stanningley Rugby League Club, which has provided numerous players to the professional ranks. These including England captain Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ryan Atkins, Ash Gibson, Gareth Carvell, Steve Nicholson, Mark Wilson and Roy Dickinson. The club provides facilities for 20 teams for male and females of all ages. The 1st team play in the National Conference League. The club also provides a home for Leeds Rhinos academies and Bramley Buffaloes.

The Bootie Folding Cycle, made in the Vickersdale works, Stanningley, Leeds from 1965 to 1973.

Economy[edit]

Town Street and a section of Stanningley Road to the east are home to most of the district’s shops, pubs and eateries. Amenities include a dry cleaners, butcher, newsagent, salon and car garage. There are 10 public houses in Stanningley, including - The Jug & Barrel, Waggon & Horses and The Great Northern.[3]

F & T Kitchin and Co[edit]

Stanningley is known as the home of the unique Bootie Folding Cycle. It was made by a local engineering firm, F & T Kitchin & Co, at their Vickersdale works as a sideline to their main business. Production of the Bootie bicycle began in 1965 and continued with only minor refinements until early 1973.[4]

Owlcotes Centre[edit]

The Owlcotes Shopping Centre, in Stanningley, consists of a large Asda supermarket and a Marks & Spencer store.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.konsult.leeds.ac.uk/private/level2/instruments/instrument029/l2_029c.htm
  2. ^ http://www.roadsuk.com/lanes/highoccupancy/
  3. ^ http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/areas/stanningley/west-yorkshire/
  4. ^ It's in the bag! A history in outline of portable cycles in the UK, (1996) Tony Hadland and John Pinkerton, Quorum Press Ltd, Cheltenham UK

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