Manchester City v Southampton

Manchester City v Southampton


Etihad Campus
Saturday 8 October 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Impacted area(s)

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

Manchester City will host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 8 October at 3pm.

If you're travelling to watch the fixture our key advice is:

  • If you plan on travelling from the west using the Mancunian Way, Pollard Street or Every Street, weekend congestion could mean that your journey may take an extra 20 minutes more than usual.
  • If you're planning to travel via the Mancunian Way, Pollard Street or Every Street, consider adding 20 minutes onto your journey due to increased congestion.
  • If you're going to travel along Alan Turing Way or Hyde Road after the match, make sure you add an extra 25 minutes to your journey plans.
  • Metrolink services on the Ashton line will run to a 12-minute frequency and will be busiest in the hour prior to kick-off. This means you may need to queue before you board a service. Consider setting off a little earlier for a more comfortable journey.
  • The rail union RMT has announced that a strike action will take place on the railway network on Saturday 8 October. A very limited rail service will operate. Customers are advised to regularly check that your service is operating and ensure that you have a back-up plan in case your service is cancelled at the last minute.
  • Work is taking place on the Eccles line this weekend. No services will operate between Eccles and MediaCityUK for the duration of the works. A replacement bus service will operate between the affected stops.


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

Juorneys from the city centre take around 10 minutes. You can purchase a zone 1+2 ticket, which will cover your journey there and back from the city centre, for £3.50.

Based on previous data from previous fixtures - as well as city centre stops - the following stops have also been busier on matchdays:

  • Altrincham
  • Chorlton

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

Please note that work is taking place on the Eccles line at this time, with no services operating between MediaCityUK and Eccles.

Metrolink tickets

We recommend using contactless payment for travel.

Just touch-in at the start of a journey and touch-out at the end using a contactless bank card or device (such as a phone or watch) at the on-stop machines. We’ll then calculate your fare, but make sure you use the same device to avoid being overcharged!

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. However, this only is available via the on-stop ticket machines.

You can find further information about ticket prices, tram frequency and everything else on the Metrolink section of the TfGM website.

Park and Ride

If you do need to drive to the match, why not use one of our Park and Ride sites? You can park for free at one of our Metrolink stops and then complete your journey to the stadium by tram.

Two Park and Ride sites are conveniently located close to M60 Junction 23 and offer connections to the ground on the Ashton line:

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

Bus services

On match day, the 216 is the most frequent service which runs directly to the stadium. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens [stop EM] in Manchester city centre. Buses will depart to the ground every 10 minutes.

At the end of the game, 216 shuttle buses towards the city centre will be lined up on Ashton New Road opposite the South Stand.

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

Congestion on the roads may mean bus services take longer on matchday. Consider allowing yourself a little extra time if you are intending to catch a service.


Journey times will increase on Mancunian Way (eastbound), Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road, Hyde Road and Alan Turing Way from 1pm on the Saturday.

Heavy congestion has been identified on key routes such as Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street where drivers can expect an additional 10 minutes added to their journey.

Several roads around the stadium may be closed for approximately 20 minutes after the match to allow pedestrians to leave.


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

Supporters should be aware that all official car park spaces have to be booked in advance. Please visit the Manchester City website for further information.

Rail Strike

The rail union RMT has announced that a strike action will take place on the railway network on Saturday 8 October. This will impact rail services across the country and an extremely limited service will operate.

If you intend to travel by train, regularly check that your service is operating and ensure that you have a back-up plan in case your service is cancelled at the last minute.

Check the National Rail Website for the latest service information.


The Etihad Stadium is easily accessed on foot from all local areas so you may want to consider walking and getting those steps in!

There is a safe, well-lit and signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium.

Follow the Etihad Campus banners and ‘City Link’ signs to the ground, with the walk taking approximately 25 minutes.

Useful Links

We have brought together some links that can help plan your journey.