Great Ancoats Street

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Updated: Friday 17th January

The Great Ancoats Street works began on Monday 13th January. This involves lane closures at all times during certain phases of the works. Check the driving section for further information.

The investment project will take around 12 months to complete.

Further information will be displayed on this page - Keep checking back to improve your journey!

  • From Monday 13 January for around 12 months
  • Great Ancoats Street
  • Oldham Road
  • Old Mill Street

Advice for drivers

Lane closures, reducing the capacity of the road, will be in place at all times during these works. Details of the specific closure locations are shown below and will be updated frequently.

From Monday 13 January

Lane closures in place:

  • One lane closed westbound on Great Ancoats at the junction of Oldham Road. This has led to delays of 15 minutes between 4pm and 7pm.
  • One lane closed on Oldham Road outbound towards Queen's Road. This will have the highest impact between 4pm and 7pm.
  • One lane closed inbound (towards Manchester) on Oldham Road just before the Addington Street junction. Delays of around 5 minutes have been recorded between 7am and 9am.

Journey time data shows that the average delays in the evening peak period on Great Ancoats Street are up to 15 minutes with traffic queues back towards the Mancunian Way. Avoid these delays by re-timing or re-routing your journey using the advice below.

Road users travelling to and from the north and east of the city centre should use Alan Turing Way as an alternative route to avoid delays.

Arriving and departing the city centre via an alternative route may improve your journey time; Rochdale Road, Ashton New Road and Ashton Old Road are options. Check back for weekly updates on journey times and the quickest routes.

City centre through traffic should use Trinity Way instead of the Mancunian Way to avoid other works at the Princess Road roundabout.

If it’s necessary to travel along Great Ancoats Street then the best times to avoid expected delays are before 7am, between 10am and 4pm and after 7pm.

Alternative travel


Avoid the traffic, get in and out of the city quicker via tram!

There are several Metrolink lines available to use and many stops have cycling storage facilities and free Park and Ride options.

If travelling from east Manchester, there are two Park and Ride sites available:

  • Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB) – 30-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG) - 30-minute journey time to the city centre.

If travelling from the north, there are also three Park and Ride sites available:

  • Hollinwood with 202 spaces (Hudson Street, Failsworth, OL9 7LG) – 20-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Mumps with 286 spaces (Prince Street, Oldham, OL1 3TJ) – 27-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Derker with 267 spaces (Cromford Street, Derker, OL1 4DW) - 30 minute journey time to the city centre. Cycle Hub available. Cycle lockers available.


Several bus services to the north of the works have the advantage of a dedicated bus lane on Oldham Road which will take you to the heart of the city centre! Hop on the 76, 83, 84, 180 and 184 services to bypass the traffic!

To the east of the works the 216, 217, 230 and 231 bus services offer a fast, cheap and frequent alternative to the car.

During the peak periods it may be quicker to take a bus on other roads with regular services to and from the city centre. This includes services on Rochdale Road and Ashton Old Road.


Greater Manchester is well served by rail, so why not beat the traffic and take the train!

Work in the city? Avoid the traffic and delays and hop on the train to get you to and from Manchester.

Fast and frequent services operate seven days a week! There is capacity is off – peak Monday – Friday 9.30am to 4pm and after 6.30pm and it’s cheaper during these hours too!

If you’re travelling from the north of the city there are stations at Moston, Mills Hill, Castleton plus several more.

If travelling from the east of the city, frequent services arrive and depart from Ashton-Under-Lyne, Stalybridge and several more.

Cycling and Walking

During the works local and shorter trips may be quicker by walking/cycling. Great Ancoats Street is surrounded by fantastic canal paths which are well-lit and connect to areas to the north of the city centre.