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City Centre Works

2 January 2018 onwards

There are some essential roadworks taking place across Salford and Manchester City Centre. These works will mean that journeys will take longer than usual and you should plan your route and consider your travel options in advance.

The works are taking place at the following locations:

  • London Road and Fairfield Street / Whitworth Street junction (Near Piccadilly station) from Wednesday 3 January 2018

  • Sackville Street (Near to the junction of Portland Street) from Wednesday 3 January 2018 for approximately three weeks

  • Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way junction from Monday 15 January

  • Manchester Inner Ring Road: Regent Road and Water Street junction ongoing until April 2018

The travel advice on this page should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.

You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM journey planner.


Useful maps


Advice for your journey

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
  • Consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid peak times?
  • Park and Ride will provide a good alternative for those who are near a station making their way into the city centre.
  • Be aware that roads around the city centre may be busier than usual, can you use an alternative route?
  • Be aware that drivers may be following routes they are not familiar with.
  • Cyclists should make every effort to be visible by wearing hi-vis clothing and for bikes to have fitted lights.

London Road and Fairfield Street / Whitworth Street junction (Near Piccadilly station)

Need to know

From Wednesday 3 January, TfGM will start work to improve capacity at the junction of London Road and Fairfield Street. Once completed this work will help reduce congestion and improve journey times for hundreds of bus services as well as thousands of motorists each day. All pedestrian crossing facilities will be upgraded and a new cycle lane is being introduced on Fairfield Street. The work will take approximately three months to complete.

In addition, lane restrictions and temporary traffic signals will be in place, however, pedestrian and cycle movements will be maintained throughout.

London Road/ Fairfield Street map

What can you do?

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
  • Consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid peak times?
  • Be aware that roads around the city centre may be busier than usual, can you use an alternative route?
  • Be aware that drivers may be following routes they are not familiar with.
  • Cyclists should make every effort to be visible by wearing hi-vis clothing and for bikes to have fitted lights.

Sackville Street

Need to know

From Wednesday 3 January, Sackville Street will be reduced to one lane from Major Street to Portland Street for approximately three weeks to enable sewer connections for a new development to be installed. These works are being carried out by Manchester City Council.

What can you do?

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
  • Consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid peak times?
  • Be aware that roads around the city centre may be busier than usual, can you use an alternative route?
  • Be aware that drivers may be following routes they are not familiar with.
  • Cyclists should make every effort to be visible by wearing hi-vis clothing and for bikes to have fitted lights as there will be less space available on the roads.

Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way

Need to know

From Monday 15 January work will begin to upgrade the junction between Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way. The work, which is being done by Eric Wright Civil Engineering on behalf of Salford City Council is designed to improve pedestrian crossing facilities, including new DDA compliant dropped kerbs and tactile paving.

The work will also benefit motorists with improvements to traffic light timings. Traffic management restrictions will be in place and phased lane closures will be required to allow the work to be safely carried out. These works are expected to continue until May this year.
It is expected there will be some delays to journey times and bus services if you travel around this area.

City Centre Hotspot map: Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way update

What can you do?

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
  • Consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid peak times?
  • Be aware that roads around the city centre may be busier than usual, can you use an alternative route?

Manchester Inner Ring Road (Regent Road and Water Street junction)

Need to know

These works are a part of a major improvement scheme in the area which will continue until April this year. These works will primarily be carried out on the footways, so no significant disruption is expected to affect services around the area. These works are being carried out by Manchester City Council.
These works will primarily be carried out on the footways, so no significant disruption is expected to affect services around the area.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:
- Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day
- Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated by advising people to retime and re-route their journeys.
- Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during the planned works
- Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines
- Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings
- Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps and suspending road works for all home Manchester United and Manchester City fixtures


Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.
We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.