AO Manchester Arena: Strictly Come Dancing
- AO Arena Manchester
- Saturday 29 January 2022 to Sunday 30 January 2022
- Impacted area(s)
Manchester city centre
Strictly Come Dancing returns to Manchester’s AO Arena on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January. The finalists of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will take to the dancefloor for two shows at 1pm and 6pm on Saturday and 12pm and 5pm on Sunday.
If you're travelling to the event, our key advice is:
- On both days local roads around the venue are expected to be busier an hour prior to doors opening and an hour after the show finishes.
- On Sunday 30 January, engineering works are taking place at Victoria Station that will impact rail and Metrolink services. There will be service changes in place and a replacement bus operating to help continue your journey.
- Due to the above engineering works, we are likely to see more cars on the road for Sunday's shows. Based on previous data for Sunday shows at a similar time, journey times are most likely to increase between 3.30pm and 5pm.
This page will continue to be updated with the latest information.
On Saturday 29 January, Metrolink will operate a normal service of every 12 minutes. You can check when the next tram is due to arrive here.
On Sunday 30 January, essential engineering works will take place at Victoria station and on the Bury line.
Services will operate as follows:
- No services on the Bury line
- Airport to Firswood
- East Didsbury to Exchange Square
- Rochdale via Oldham to Monsall
Everything you need to know about the improvement works taking place on Metrolink, how they will impact your journey and information on bus replacement services, can be found on our advice page.
Customers can use contactless for payments, it's a quick and easy way to pay. Just remember to touch-in and touch-out.
If you're travelling by Metrolink as a family, you can save money with our family travelcard which allows travel for one to three children (aged under 16) accompanied by one or two adults, available at ticket machines on-stop.
You can find out more about Metrolink ticket information on our dedicated webpage.
Park and ride
If you’re travelling from further afield, then why not drop your car at one of several free park and ride sites:
- Travelling from the west of Manchester, use Ladywell, 250 spaces (Pilgrims Way, Salford, M50 1AW): 25-minute journey to the city centre.
- Travelling from the south of Manchester, use Hollinwood, 202 spaces (Hudson Street, Failsworth, OL9 7LG): 20-minute journey time to the city centre.
- Travelling from the east of Manchester, use Ashton Moss, 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB): 30-minute journey time to the city centre.
- Travelling from the north of Manchester, use the temporary park and ride at Radcliffe which can be accessed via Spring Lane opposite the existing entrance to Radcliffe park and ride. The temporary car park has 250 parking spaces (M26 2SZ): 25-minute journey time to the city centre.
On Sunday 30 January, essential engineering works will take place at Victoria Station affecting rail services. As a result, the following service changes will be in place:
- Buses will operate between Wigan Wallgate and Southport.
- Buses will operate between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale.
- Buses will operate between Stockport and Hazel Grove/Buxton (services available between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport).
- Buses will operate between Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke (services available between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport).
- Buses will operate between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale and onward to Bradford Interchange and Leeds.
- Buses will operate between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly via Earlstown for Transport for Wales services only.
Please remember to plan your journey in advance of the date by checking on the National Rail Website.
In addition, you can keep up to date with the latest rail information by following them on twitter at @NationalRailEnq.
Because of its city centre location, the Arena is well served by bus. Shudehill bus station is only a five-minute walk away and Piccadilly bus station is 10 minutes away.
Manchester's city centre free bus service also links Victoria station with other areas of the city centre, including Piccadilly station.
Journeys may take longer than usual due to traffic and roadworks in the local area.
You can find out what bus service suits you on our bus timetable page.
If you are considering catching a bus, follow the bus operators on Twitter for the latest service updates:
The Arena is in the heart of the city centre, next to the Inner Ring Road. On both days, local roads around the venue are expected to be busier an hour prior to doors opening and an hour after the shows finish. Due to engineering works on rail and Metrolink, we are likely to see more cars on the road for Sunday's shows. Based on previous data for Sunday shows at a similar time, journey times are most likely to increase between 3.30pm and 5pm.
On Saturday, after both the afternoon and evening shows, Trinity Way will be closed southbound between Great Ducie Street and Cheetham Hill Road for up to one hour. This is to allow concert goers to safely exit the venue. If you’re parking at the official Arena car park, you will still be allowed to exit during this closure, but you will have to turn right and follow local diversions.
There will be no road closures in place following both Sunday shows.
Why not consider using a park and ride site? You can park the car for free and avoid the city centre congestion.
There are some park and ride site options available to use across Greater Manchester.