Mancunian Way closure

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Updated: Thursday 26 March

Please stay at home unless making an essential journey.

The annual maintanence of the A57 Mancunian Way in Manchester city centre will take place over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.

This will prohibit traffic travelling in both directions between 6am and 6pm each day.

On a typical weekend, 45000 vehicles use this route around the city, which means a lot of road users will be affected by this closure.

See the below advice on how to improve your journey and avoid disruption.

  • Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March
  • Manchester City Centre
  • Inner Ring Road
  • A5103 Princess Road
  • A34 Upper Brook Street
  • A6 Stockport Road
  • A57 Hyde Road
  • A635 Ashton Old Road

Advice for drivers

Please stay at home unless making an essential journey.

Drivers are being reminded to plan and prepare for the scheduled closure of the Mancunian Way.

It will be completely closed from 6am to 6pm on both Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, to allow for its annual maintenance inspection to be carried out.

The closure will be in place between Chester Road Roundabout and Fairfield Street/Ashton Old Road.

The diversion route will take drivers through the city centre via Deansgate, Whitworth Street West, Whitworth Street and Fairfield Street. This route, during closures in previous years, has led to delays and journey times of up to 20 minutes on the Saturday and 15 minutes on the Sunday (that's a long time to travel less than two miles!).

Due to the ongoing works on Great Ancoats Street it's highly advised to leave the car at home if you're travelling into the city centre and instead use public transport.

Follow the advice below to save you time on your journey, whether that's to the shops, a museum or to buy a vintage LP.

From the West use Trinity Way and Great Ancoats Street to avoid the clousure and keep moving.

From the North the quickest way to travel around the city will be by using the A6010 Alan Turing Way.

From the East save time travelling around the city be by using the A6010 Alan Turing Way. If you have to drive into the city use Great Ancoats Street but remember the ongoing works may slow you down!

From the South Drivers will be most impacted by the closure heading from this direction - you will be forced to take the local diversion route as you arrive into the city which may delay your journey. If you have to drive, and public transport isn't an option, then the best routes towards the city are A56 Chester Road and A635 Ashton Old Road.

Alternative travel

Public Transport should only be used for essential journeys.

For those making essential journeys, follow government guidance and wash hands before and after travelling, catch coughs and sneezes using a tissue and use contactless payments where possible.


Many stops have free Park and Ride sites and cycling storage facilities.

  • Travelling from the west of Manchester, use Ladywell, 250 spaces (Pilgrims Way, Salford, M50 1AW) – 25-minute journey to the city centre.
  • Travelling from the north of Manchester, use Hollinwood, 202 spaces (Hudson Street, Failsworth, OL9 7LG) – 20-minute journey time to the city centre to see the sights.
  • Travelling from the east of Manchester, use Ashton Moss, 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB) – 30-minute journey time to the city centre.
  • Travelling from the south of Manchester, use Sale Water Park, 316 spaces (Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX) – 25-minute journey time to the city centre or East Didsbury, 302 spaces (Parrs Wood Lane, M20 5NP) - 25-minute journey time to the shops!


The weekend closure of Mancunian Way is a great opportunity to leave the car at home and travel by bike to visit the city. There are cycling racks at most Metrolink stations so you could even cycle and then hop on the tram.

If heading into the city centre from the south of Manchester, travel on the dedicated segregated cycle way on Oxford Road. This will take you into the heart of the city. Make sure you take a peek at one of the electronic cycle counters on the route to see how many other cyclists made the same journey.

Live in Stretford, Sale or Altrincham? Then cycle along the Bridgewater Way Canal all the way into town.


All bus services will still operate to and from the city centre during this closure. Bus journey times are often quicker than taking the car as they take advantage of dedicated bus lanes on most major routes towards the city. It could also be cheaper than parking in the city!

Due to the localised diversion route, which goes through the city centre, services may be subject to delays. Further information regarding bus services will be shown on this page cloaser to the time.


This is a great opportunity to take in all the sights the city has to offer. There are several major road investment schemes ongoing which will delay car journeys. If you live in or near to the city then walking will be quicker and healthier (plus the weather is getting better now).

Useful Links

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

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A6 Stockport Road

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Lane closures from Tuesday 10 March
Impacted area(s)

Longsight, Levenshulme, Rusholme, Belle Vue

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Hyde Road

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

Gorton, Longsight, Reddish, Denton, Hyde

Great Ancoats Street

In Progress
Work is underway and will continue until late 2020.
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, up to 10 minute delays during both peak periods.

Other local areas may be affected.