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Oxford Road has changed

The evolution is complete

The transformation means one of Manchester’s most recognisable roads, and one of Europe’s busiest bus routes, is now a more pleasant and greener environment for everyone.

Whether you catch the bus, drive, cycle or walk the changes require everyone who uses it to think and act differently.

Everyone needs to play their part and know how the changes affect them. Here are some of the things you need to think about when using the new-look Oxford Road.


Oxford Road Pedestrians

As well as wider pavements, you’ll notice new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes now run on either side of the road as well as behind each bus stop.

Each bus stop has a cycle bypass lane which features a zebra crossing, so when getting to or from your stop please wait for cyclists to stop at the zebra before stepping out, just as you would wait for traffic at any other crossing like this.

Pedestrians should remember to

  • Respect the cycle lanes, please don’t walk in them. We’ve widened and improved the pavement so there’s plenty of space for everyone.
  • Wait for a cyclist to stop at the zebra crossing before stepping out. You may have right of way but it requires both of you to make it work.
  • Remember that cyclists have priority at the smaller crossing points at either end of the cycle bypass lane.
  • Use the new pedestrian crossing points as much as possible.


Oxford Road Cyclists

The new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes are now a key part of Oxford Road. They’ve been put in to make it safer for cyclists and to encourage people of all abilities to give cycling a go.

More confident cyclists may still want to use the road but for those who want to use the cycle lanes, please remember to keep an eye out for pedestrians crossing to and from bus stops.

At the zebra crossings you need to stop to let pedestrians cross as they have right of way.

Cyclists should remember to

  • Cycle responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.
  • While the new lanes are smooth they aren’t for racing, so please don’t, cycle safely.
  • Stop and allow people to cross at the zebra crossings if you see someone wanting to get to or from the bus stop platforms. They have right of way.
  • The lanes are wide enough for social and leisurely cycling so think safety and cycle responsibly.


Oxford Road Motorists

General traffic is now prohibited from travelling through new ‘bus gates’ on Oxford Road, which restrict access to sections of the corridor between Hathersage Road and Portland Street. These gates are in force between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a-week and make travelling by bus, cycle and on foot easier and quicker.

Motorists should use Upper Brook Street when heading in to or out of the city centre. You can view a handy map which will help you get around.

Motorists should remember to

  • To avoid receiving a fine, follow the signs. Camera enforcement is in operation.
  • Use new and improved alternative routes like Upper Brook Street during the hours that Oxford Road is closed to general traffic.
  • You can find out more about bus gates and where they are located by visiting Manchester City Council’s website.

Get out there and enjoy the new look Oxford Road. Walk, cycle and travel like never before.