A647 road

The A647 is an A road in West Yorkshire, England that begins in Leeds and ends in Halifax. The road is 17 miles (27 km) long.[1]

UK road A647

A647
Boothtown Road A647, Halifax - geograph.org.uk - 999103
The A647 climbing out of Halifax
Route information
Length17 mi (27 km)
Major junctions
East endLeeds
53°47′40″N 1°34′06″W / 53.7945°N 1.5683°W
  A58
A643
A657
A6120
A6177
A6181
A650
A641
A644
A58
West endHalifax
53°43′42″N 1°51′35″W / 53.7283°N 1.8597°W
Location
Primary
destinations
Bradford
Road network

Route

The road begins at the Armley Gyratory and goes via Armley, by-passes Stanningley and Pudsey, then onwards via Thornbury to the edge of Bradford city centre.

The road then becomes part of the Bradford's Inner Ring Road (Croft Street) heading through Great Horton and up to Queensbury (1,150 feet (350 m) above sea level) before heading down hill via Boothtown to Halifax town centre.

History

In June 2016 the CS1 Cycle Superhighway opened from Bradford to Leeds, for the most part following the corridor of the A647.[2] However unlike similarly-named schemes in the Netherlands and London, this route relies on allocated lane space within the vehicle carriageway which has led to criticism over its effectiveness from cycling and transport consultants.[3]

Stanningley bypass

The road is a stretch of dual carriageway on the western edge of Leeds. It was built in the 1970s to ease traffic congestion along Stanningley Road, forming part of the Leeds Outer Ring Road. Prior to this the A647 passed through the centre of Stanningley along the line of the present B6157.[4]

It is notable for the fact that it had Britain's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV lane). [5]

References

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The Cycle Superhighway". City Connect. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ Brown, Jonathan (June 2016). "Design of flagship £29m Leeds to Bradford cycle superhighway". Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ "A647". The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ QUINN, D J; GILSON, D R; DIXON, M T. "Britain's First High Occupancy Vehicle Lane - the A647, Leeds". AET Papers Repository. AET.
Boothtown

Boothtown is a suburb of Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.

Boothtown falls within Town Ward, one of the 17 wards of Calderdale.

Its history was dominated by the mills of the textile industry. Rawson's Mill on Old Lane is now disused and designated as a listed building of heritage importance.Boothtown includes Akroydon, a Victorian model housing scheme which was designed in the Gothic style by George Gilbert Scott in 1859 for the workers at the mills of Edward Akroyd. Akroyd's former home in Boothtown, now the Grade II listed Bankfield Museum and library, also houses the Regimental museum of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.Boothtown is situated on the A647 road from Halifax to Bradford. It was on this road that Percy Shaw came up with the idea of cat's eyes as an aid to road safety.

The longest running Boys' Brigade Company in Calderdale is based at Boothtown.Boothtown is the home of Saint John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox church. There has been a Serbian community in the area since the 1940s, when Serbian POWs and anti-Communist refugees from German camps arrived in Halifax in 1947. They needed a place to worship and were given a former Methodist chapel in Simpson Street to worship in. Closed in the 1950s, it was acquired by the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1952. The building, by then in a dilapidated state, was renovated and consecrated on 26 September 1954.

High-occupancy vehicle lane

A high-occupancy vehicle lane (also known as an HOV lane, carpool lane, diamond lane, 2+ lane, and transit lane or T2 or T3 lanes) is a restricted traffic lane reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers, including carpools, vanpools, and transit buses. These restrictions may be only imposed during at peak travel times or may apply at all times. The normal minimum occupancy level is 2 or 3 occupants. Many jurisdictions exempt other vehicles, including motorcycles, charter buses, emergency and law enforcement vehicles, low-emission and other green vehicles, and/or single-occupancy vehicles paying a toll. HOV lanes are normally created to increase average vehicle occupancy and persons traveling with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, although their effectiveness is questionable.Regional and corporate-sponsored vanpools, carpools, and rideshare communities give commuters a way to increase occupancy. For places without such services, online rideshare communities can serve a similar purpose. Slugging lines are common in some places, where solo drivers pick up a passenger to share the ride and allow them to use the HOV lane. High-occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes), which allow solo driver vehicles to use HOV lanes on payment of a fee which varies depending on demand, have also been introduced in the United States and Canada.

Pudsey Loop

The Pudsey Loop was a railway line in the former West Riding of Yorkshire, England, which served the town of Pudsey and offered a second connection between Bramley and Stanningley in the east and Laisterdyke and Dudley Hill in the west, in addition to the existing line between Leeds and Bradford.

Queensbury, West Yorkshire

Queensbury is a village in the metropolitan borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Perched on a high vantage point above Halifax, Clayton and Thornton and overlooking Bradford itself, Queensbury is one of the highest parishes in England, with fine views beyond the West Yorkshire conurbation to the hills of Brontë Country and the Yorkshire Dales to the north and north west. It has a population of 8,718, being measured at 16,273 in the 2011 Census.Queensbury is most famous as being the home of Black Dyke Mills, and the Black Dyke Band.

Stanningley

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.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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