Great Ancoats Street

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Updated: Thursday 9 July

Delays averaging 15 minutes have occured this week on Great Ancoats Street throughout the afternoon and evening periods. Use the information below to improve your journey.

  • Work is underway and will continue until late 2020.
  • Great Ancoats Street
  • Oldham Road
  • Old Mill Street

Advice for drivers πŸš—

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.

Temporary lights in place 🚦

Temporary traffic signals are in place on Great Ancoats Street at the junctions of Newton Street and Lever Street.

Lane closures in place 🚧

Oldham Road northbound - Closed to all traffic. There will be no access from Great Ancoats Street to Oldham Road. All traffic will be diverted via Swan Street, Rochdale Road and Addington Street.

Oldham Road southbound right hand turn onto Swan Street - Will be closed to all traffic. Road users will be diverted via Thompson Street and Rochdale Road.

Oldham Road southbound onto Oldham Street (buses only) - All bus services during this period will be diverted via Newton Street.

Great Ancoats Street (both directions) - Lane closure at the junction of Newton Street. One lane remains open in both directions.

Old Mill Street - Closed in both directions at the junction of Great Ancoats Street. Road users should divert via Portland Street for quicker journey times heading northbound.

Improve your journey πŸ‘

Due to the increase in traffic since 15 June, the lane clousres and temporary lights notes above there has been congestion throughout the day especially in the afternoon and evening peak periods.

Re-time your journey to avoid the 12pm - 7pm period.

Re-route your journey using the 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. Average time between Ashton New Road and Oldham Road is 5 minutes compared to 12 minutes using Great Ancoats Street - Save time stuck in traffic!

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.

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. Walking and cycling are a great way to improve physical and mental health.

In order to protect people, ease pressure on our public transport system and keep traffic moving, we’re encouraging everyone to walk and cycle where possible - especially for shorter trips.

We’ve got loads of handy tips and advice available to help you give it a go

Not sure where to store your bike? There is currently safe bike storage space at the City Tower Cycle Hub. Find out more and sign up.

Alternative travel

Metrolink 🚈

On weekdays, all Metrolink lines will run at a 10-minute frequency until 7pm when they will then operate every 20 minutes.

Click here for the quietest times to travel on the tram.

Can't travel the whole way by Metrolink? Many stops have free Park and Ride sites and cycling storage facilities.

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

  • Ashton Moss with 200 spaces – 30-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Ashton West with 194 spaces - 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 – 20-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Mumps with 286 spaces – 27-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Derker with 267 spaces - 30 minute journey time to the city centre. Cycle Hub available. Cycle lockers available.

For those making essential journeys, follow our guidance. You must now wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Exemptions include children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one.

Bus 🚌

Protect public transport for those with no alternative – do not use it unless you have to.

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 and 180 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.

Train πŸš‚

Protect public transport for those with no alternative – do not use it unless you have to.

Fast and frequent services operate seven days a week. There is capacity 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.

Nearby Events

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Impacted area(s)

Gorton, Longsight, Reddish, Denton, Hyde