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.
UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane
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. 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.
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.
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.
F & T Kitchin and Co.
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.
Stanningley is the home of Stanningley SARLC, 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.
References and notes
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- 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
- Bootie Folding Cycle
- "Bootie Folding Cycle" Information on Bootie Folding Cycle with rebuild photos
- "Why I can't find my family in Stanningley ?" Problems with finding archive information about Stanningley Calverley.info
- The ancient parish of Leeds: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Part of Stanningley was in this parish).
- The ancient parish of Calverley: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Part of Stanningley was in this parish).