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Latest Updates: Wednesday 9 March 2022

The works on the Mancunian Way have been delayed by one week.

The full closure of the Mancunian Way, between Pin Mill Brow and Chester Road roundabout, will now be in place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

  • Saturday 19 March to Sunday 20 March
  • Mancunian Way
  • Pin Mill Brow
  • Chester Road roundabout

The closure of the Mancunian Way has been delayed by one week.

It will now take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

The Mancunian Way is one of the most popular routes in and around Manchester, so its closure means that a large number of vehicles will be dispersed onto surrounding roads and diversion routes.

To avoid being caught in the congestion, it's important that you plan ahead and familiarise yourself with the recommended diversion routes.

Driving into and around the city centre

For journeys through the city centre, especially for west to east and east to west trips, we recommend using the M60.

Data shows Chester Road does not see a significant increase in journey times (apart from the section inside the inner ring road) when the closure is in place. We advise using junction 7 to travel into the city centre as this may be the quickest route.

Roadworks are also taking place on Trinity Way, which will affect southbound journey times near to the Arena.

If you are travelling into the regional centre we strongly recommend using public transport as this will be quicker than driving.

From Sunday 20 until Saturday 26 March there will be planned engineering works taking place in the city centre and the Ashton line.

Essential maintenance works will take place at Piccadilly Station tram stop, requiring a full closure of the Ashton line.

In addition to this, there will also be essential maintenance works taking place to the tram tracks at Piccadilly Gardens outside Primark. As a result of these works, trams will not run through Market Street, Shudehill or Piccadilly Gardens, and will instead be diverted via St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square.

Metrolink services will operate as follows:

  • Ashton Line not operating
  • Bury – Altrincham (all day) via Exchange Square
  • Bury – Altrincham (peak only) via Exchange Square
  • Rochdale Town Centre – East Didsbury via Exchange Square
  • Shaw & Crompton – East Didsbury (peak only) via Exchange Square
  • Airport – Victoria via Exchange Square
  • Eccles – Deansgate-Castlefield
  • Trafford Centre – Cornbrook

A bus replacement service will operate as follows:

  • Ashton - Deansgate-Castlefield via Piccadilly
  • Victoria – Piccadilly

TransPennine Express customers are being asked to plan carefully on Sunday 20 March, after RMT union announced plans for its conductors to hold industrial action.

Customers are advised to consider their travel options on the affected dates as significant disruption to services is expected.

Attending an event at the AO Arena

On Saturday 19 March, Stormzy will perform at the Arena, with doors opening at 6pm.

On Sunday 20 March, Coko Festival will also be hosted at the Arena, with doors opening at 2:30pm.

Those going to both Arena events are strongly encouraged to use public transport.

For those who have no other option but to drive, we recommend:

  • Travelling early and allowing plenty of time for your journey.
  • Using the M60 and then approaching the Arena from the north via the A580 (junction 14), Bury New Road (junction 17) or the A576 (junction 19).

Alternatively, drivers may wish to use one of the Metrolink Park and Ride sites.

  • Whitefield has over 300 spaces and is just a few minutes from junction 17.
  • Hollinwood have nearly 200 spaces and is just a few minutes from junction 22.

Useful Links

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