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England v Afghanistan at Emirates Old Trafford

Tuesday 18 June 2019


The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 takes place across England and Wales in June and July 2019.

Six matches will take place at Emirates Old Trafford.


England face Afghanistan on Tuesday 18 June with a sell-out crowd of around 20,000 people expected.

  • Doors at Emirates Old Trafford open at 8.30am.
  • Play starts at 10.30am.

Further information about the competition is available from ICC Cricket World Cup website.

Ways to get to Emirates Old Trafford

Visiting Manchester

If you’re visiting Manchester for the match and want to see more of the sites why not check out the Visit Manchester website to see what else this great city has to offer.


Journeys take around 15 minutes from Manchester city centre to Emirates Old Trafford.

Tram services will be running before and after the match.

Three other stops are within walking distance of the ground:

  • Trafford Bar
  • Exchange Quay
  • Salford Quays


Metrolink operates a zonal fare system with Old Trafford located in zone 2.

Travel from the city centre to the Old Trafford will require a zone 1+2 ticket.

If you travel prior to 9.30am you will require an anytime single ticket.
- An adult anytime single costs £2.80
- An adult 1-day anytime travelcard costs £4.20

For travel after 9.30am you can purchase an off-peak ticket.

  • An adult 1-day off-peak travelcard costs £3.40

Event tickets will also be available from staff at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens, and Market Street before the match at £4 for an adult and £2 for a child (return) beating the queue at ticket machines and getting you there quicker.

Park and Ride

You can avoid the busy match day traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink. With plenty of Metrolink Park and Ride car parks across the network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle free journey to the ground. Car parking here is free if you travel by tram:

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces – Kingsway, Parrs Wood M19 1TB
  • Brooklands with 108 spaces – Marsland Road/Brooklands Road, M33 3SQ
  • Navigation Road with 81 spaces – Navigation Road, WA14 1NF
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces – Rifle Road, M33 2LX
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces – Eccles New Road, Eccles, M6 8HD

Please note the Park and Ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.


If you are travelling by bus to Old Trafford please check with your bus operator before you travel due to a number of road works taking place in the local area some services are affected. Currently, the 53, 79, 250, 255, 256, 263 and x50 services run to Old Trafford.

You can plan your bus journey at by using the TfGM Route Explorer

Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance @stagecoachGM, @arrivanorthwest, @diamondbusnw and @firstmanchester.

If you are not travelling to the game, but are planning on using public transport, you should consider the following:

  • Journey times for some bus passengers vary on match days so you should consider setting off earlier to avoid the rush.
  • If you are not attending the match, try to avoid the busiest times before and after the match.


Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq.


Roads in Trafford and the surrounding areas, including the local motorway network, will be busy and there may be additional road closures and diversions in place. Please check your route before you travel and allow more time for your journey.

The official match day car parking is provided at Manchester United's Stadium car parks, which is also the location for all minibus and coach drop-off and parking. These car parks are approximately a ten-minute walk from Emirates Old Trafford and costs £10 per car which is payable on entrance.

If you are parking at Old Trafford Football ground car park you can find the walking route to the cricket ground here.

Don’t forget, work to extend the Metrolink network out to Trafford Park Line is currently under way and a number of roads are affected. New match day traffic management arrangements are in place so plan your route before setting off.

The key roads that are affected are Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way.

A map of the work and suggested diversion routes is available.

If you’re not travelling to the match, but are driving around the local area, you should consider the following:

  • To avoid the traffic you should re-route or re-time your journey.
  • Local roads will be busiest before the start of play, particularly at rush hour, and after the game’s conclusion.
  • Some roads which will be particularly affected will be Talbot Road, Warwick Road and Great Stone Road. You can take a closer look at the affected roads here.
  • The work to extend the Metrolink network through to Trafford Park means that there are a number of road closures and lanes restrictions in the area - The key roads that are affected are Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way.

Cycling and Walking

Emirates Old Trafford is three miles from the city centre and should take around 45 – 60 minutes to walk to.

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 with the Cricket and Trafford Park Line extension by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier
  • 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 UTC Engineers can optimise traffic flows by altering signal timings
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all Cricket World Cup matches taking place at Old Trafford.


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.