Great Ancoats Street

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Updated: Friday 18 September

🚧 Resurfacing works will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. See the roads section below for further information.

⏰ Use Alan Turing Way for a quicker journey to avoid the delays.

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

Advice for drivers πŸš—

⏰ In the last week road users have been making cross-city trips via Great Ancoats. A lot of these journeys would be quicker via the outer Ring Road (Alan Turing Way - see below for more information) or if travelling further afield via the M60. This may be further to travel, but it will save time behind the wheel (and help keep everyone moving!).

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.

🚧 Update - Beginning over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September there will resurfacing works taking place on Great Ancoats Street. Traffic will be diverted and it will important to re-route your journey to save time.

A full closure will be in place on Great Ancoats Street northbound (towards Manchester Arena) between Lever Street and Swan Street. There will be no access to Oldham Road or Swan Street from all directions.

Traffic will be diverted via Old Mill Street, Alan Turing Way and Oldham Road. A smaller, local diversion will also be in place but will not be suitable for all vehicles.

Avoid all disruption by crossing the city centre via Mancunian Way/Trinity Way.

The same closure will also take place on the following weekend - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September.

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 🚧

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

Improve your journey πŸ‘

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 journey time between Ashton New Road and Oldham Road is 8 minutes compared to 18 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

You can use public transport but please consider active travel options such as cycling and walking.

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 🚌

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‚

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

Hyde Road

In Progress
From Monday 27 January for up to 12 months
Impacted area(s)

Gorton, Longsight, Reddish, Denton, Hyde