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Updated: 8am Thursday 19 November

Whilst in national lockdown the demand on Greater Manchester roads and public transport services has reduced. There are, however, a couple of periods of the day and hot spot area's where demand is high - Key workers and students are travelling and its important to leave space on buses, tram, trains and on the roads to help them get to where they need to be.

Use the information and advice below to help you avoid the busiest times and area's in Manchester. Travelling at a different time or taking a better route will help you and others.

❗ There could be additional demand on the network after December 2nd - Keep checking back on this page for hot spot area's, the quietest and quickest times to travel and how to make your journey better.

🟠 Between 7am and 9am - Busy

If you can, avoid travelling during this period.

There will be less space on all public transport services and the roads, so if you can be flexible then avoid travelling during these times.


The map below shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads between 7am and 9am. Avoid travelling during this time and keep everyone moving.

Click on the highlighted areas to see which services are expected to be very busy. ⬇️

🟠 Between 3pm and 6pm - Busy

If you can travel flexibly, avoid this period on Public transport or on the road - Walking to the shops after work or to pick the children up from school and after school clubs is encouraged during this period.

The afternoon and early evening period, between 3pm and 6pm, is the busiest part of the day on Manchester's roads and public transport.

There may not be space available on some buses, trams and trains with social distancing in place, so you may have to wait longer for a service. Re-time your journey to avoid this busy period if possible.

To avoid being caught in traffic, re-time or re-route your journey to save yourself being stuck behind the wheel. Remember there are ongoing major works taking place now - see here for more information.

The below map shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads between 3pm and 6pm.

Click on the highlighted areas to see which services are expected to be very busy. ⬇️


  • Cycling 🚴 and walking 🚶 for shorter journeys may be quicker at this time than public transport or driving.

❗ Great Ancoats Street

Major works are ongoing on Great Ancoats Street in the City Centre until early 2021. This includes full road closures, local congested diversion routes and long delays.

There is more detailed information at our Travel Hub here which is updated regularly with updates & tips to improve your journey.

Road users should travel around the disruption via Trinity Way or Mancunian Way. Alan Turing Way is a quicker route too!

🟢 Cycling 🚴 and Walking 🚶 - Quiet all day!

Cycling and walking into and around Manchester city centre has been made even easier. Several roads are now vehicle-free and some pedestrian areas have been extended to give you more space to move around.

🚶 Walking around the city centre

Walk like a Mancunian...

More people are walking and cycling in Manchester. Several pavements and walking routes have been extended in the city centre to help you make your journey on foot. So far, more space for people on foot has been made on the following roads to allow for enhanced social distancing:

  • Ducie Street between A6 London Road and Piccadilly approach
  • Princess Street between Mosley Street and Whitworth Street.
  • Deansgate between St Mary's Gate and King Street.
  • Blackfriars Street between Chapel Street and Deansgate (travelling from Chapel Street towards Deansagate only).
  • Thomas Street (Northern Quarter).
  • Stevenson Square (Northern Quarter).
  • Withy Grove between Corporation Street and Dantzic Street
  • Blossom Street between Henry Street about Sherratt Street

🚴 Cycling into and around the city centre

Get on your bikes and ride!

Cycling is a quick and reliable form of transport to reach and move around the city centre.

Whether heading to work, to school or out with friends for lunch, we want your bike to be secure so you don't have to worry about it.

Our cycle hub map below shows the safe and secure cycle parking facilities in Manchester city centre. Click on the icons for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information

Further cycling tips can be found here