Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Crystal Palace


Etihad Stadium
Saturday 18 January 2020 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, Beswick, Clayton, Gorton, Openshaw, Ashton

Join the organised walk to the ground!

Organised walk to the ground

Manchester City’s new sustainable travel initiative will be in operation again for Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.

The Club has enhanced the walking route to the Etihad Stadium which has been developed with the aim of encouraging supporters to consider alternative forms of transport on matchday.

For the Palace game, the meeting point for the Walk to the Match will be on Pollard Street on the grass opposite the Ibis at 1.45pm.

Saturday’s Walk to the Match will be led by the New York Brass marching band. And there will be face painters to help you get your game face on!

Supporters will also be able to grab a blue Manchester City lantern though there are a limited number of these so fans should get down early to make sure they get one.

So why not give it a go if you’ve not tried it before and make your way to the Etihad while helping the environment?

Metrolink services

Services every six minutes to the match!

A fast and frequent tram service runs straight to the stadium’s dedicated tram stop Etihad Campus.

Services run between Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester run at six-minute intervals. The journey from Manchester Piccadilly station to the stadium takes less than 10 minutes.

After the game, trams will not serve Holt Town and Velopark until crowds have cleared from the Etihad Campus stop

Park and Ride

Leave the car and hop on the tram to the match!

Park and Ride facilities will be open and Metrolink services go direct to the Etihad Stadium.

Two Park and Ride sites are conveniently located close to M60 Junction 23.

  • Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB)
  • Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG)

From these stops the journey time to the stadium is less than 25 minutes.

Bus services

On match day, the 216 operates at an increased frequency and runs directly to the stadium. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre.

The 53, 76, 216, 217, 219, 230 and 231 bus services all serve the Etihad Stadium, most within a short stroll of the ground.

At the end of the game, shuttle buses head towards Manchester city centre. They will be lined up on Ashton New Road opposite the South Stand.


Journey times will increase on Mancunian Way (eastbound), Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road, Hyde Road and Alan Turing Way two hours before the match. If you’re travelling to the game or driving in the area take an alternative route or re-time your journey to avoid the delays.

A strictly-enforced resident parking scheme is in place on the streets around the ground, which is made clear through on-street signage.

To avoid the traffic and car park costs, why not travel on foot, by Metrolink or by bus.

Several roads around the stadium will also be closed for approximately 20 minutes after the match to allow pedestrians to leave. Roads closed are as follows:

  • Ashton New Road - between Alan Turing Way and Darley Street
  • Grey Mare Lane - between Ashton New Road and Alan Turing Way
  • Merrill Street - between Pollard Street and Ashton New Road


Of course you can cycle to the match!

At the Etihad Stadium there are more than 100 cycle racks for you to park your bike.

The Ashton cycleway is a completely traffic-free six-mile route which takes you along the canal towpath between Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester city centre via the National Cycling Centre and Etihad Stadium.

The path has been resurfaced to make it easy for cycling and has solar-powered lights to guide you in the dark.


Manchester is well served by rail, so why not beat the matchday traffic and take the train! Ashbury's is the closest station to the stadium and only a 15 minute walk. Journeys from Manchester Piccadilly only take 5 minutes.

The ground is also only a short walk (20 minutes) or Metrolink ride (10 minutes) from Piccadilly Station in the city centre.

Useful Links

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