Greengates is a small suburban area in the north-east of the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, in England. The area is bordered by Idle and Thackley to the north-west, and the large council estate known as Thorpe Edge to the west. To the south of Greengates is Ravenscliffe housing estate with the village of Eccleshill beyond that. The village of Apperley Bridge lies to the north. To the east in the Leeds Metropolitan District is the village of Calverley.
To the west of Greengates is Albion Mills a historic textile mill, destroyed by fire on 10 March 1911 but rebuilt. In 1931 the Bradford trolleybus routes were extended from Idle to Greengates with the service running along Albion Road and Leeds Road.
Greengates' proximity to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, that runs through Apperley Bridge to the north of the village, has meant that Greengates has several mills. At the western end is Robin Mills and Albion Mills. Robin Mills was a base for manufacturing knitting wool yarns but is now split into industrial units. A large part of Robin Mills is occupied by Storey Evans, carton, leaflet, label etc. printers for the pharmaceutical industry. Albion Mills is split into office accommodation and business units. There is the racing car themed Speedmaster Conference Centre, until recently notable for its classic, competition and racing car showroom and exhibition. The centre was opened in April 2008 by Sir Stirling Moss.
On New Line is the New Line Retail Park with a Subway. Eastwards between Harrogate Road and New Line in Greengates Retail Park is a Sainsbury's, Homebase, Argos, Matalan, Costa, KFC. and Core Gym. Existing historic public houses in the area include The Albion and The Hogs Head. The Seven Stars is now an Italian restaurant (Aldos), and The Roebuck public house was demolished to make way for a new Farmfoods store. There is also the Kebabeesh, Kiplings, and Bhajis & Beer restaurants, the China Garden and Empires Chinese takeaways, and two fish and chip shops.
The area is centred on the crossroads of Leeds Road/New Line, and Harrogate Road. Around this crossroads are most of the area's pubs, restaurants and shops, a Sainsbury's supermarket, Homebase, Argos and a Matalan. Another feature is the large war memorial situated at the crossroads, that commemorates those who died in World War I and World War II from Greengates and the surrounding villages. On Harrogate Road to the north of the main crossroads there is a large Anglican church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. Along this stretch of the Harrogate Road is Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital and Bettersight Advanced Eye and Vision Consultancy. The post office is on New Line.
Greengates has its own primary school, Greengates Primary School, that moved northwards out of an older building on Leeds Road, to a new building across the road. The old school building has now been transformed into fashion business premises. Parkland Primary school, immediately behind Albion Mills, also serves Greengates and the neighbouring Thorpe Edge estate.
The following bus services run to Greengates; 645: (First Bradford) Buttershaw - Greengates via Five Lane Ends and Bradford City Centre, 35: (First Leeds) Leeds - Kirkstall - Greengates - Thorpe Edge, 60: (Keighley Bus Company) Leeds - Keighley via Bingley and Saltaire, 747: (Flying Tiger) [Airport Direct] Bradford - Leeds Bradford Airport - Harrogate
The A657 Leeds Road / New Line runs east–west through Greengates while the A658 Harrogate Road runs approximately north–south. Greengates does not have its own railway station: the nearest station is Apperley Bridge railway station just under a mile to the north. The nearest airport to Greengates is Leeds Bradford Airport and can be accessed by bus service 747.
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