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ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

7 April 2019

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What’s happening

The Greater Manchester Marathon takes place on Sunday 7 April, meaning roads in Trafford will be temporarily closed to traffic as they become part of the marathon route.

Roads will be closed and reopened at different times during the day, with the earliest and latest closures from 5am up until 6pm.

The closures will mean all traffic has to find alternative routes and public transport will be busier than usual.

Journey times are likely to take longer so you should plan ahead if you’re taking part in or spectating the event, or travelling in the area on the day.

We have provided help and advice below to keep you moving.

For event information, visit The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon website

  • Shawn Mendes is playing at the Manchester Arena. Doors open from 6.30pm.
  • Ryan Adams is also playing at the O2 Apollo. Doors open from 6.45pm.

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General advice for your journey

  • Plan ahead if you are travelling around Greater Manchester on the day.

  • If you’re not travelling to take part in or spectate at the event, avoid driving around the area if at all possible. Use our [map] to see the most-affected areas.

  • If you’re not attending the event, consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid the closures?

  • Use the motorway network if you are travelling across the city.

  • Tram and walking will be the best way to watch the event.

  • Expect tram and train services to be busier than usual.

  • Event information is available on the The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon website


On the bus

Need to know

Bus services will be significantly affected by the road closures with many bus services diverted and some areas being unserved by bus for a large part of the day.

Services Affected: CAT5; 11; 11A; 15; 18; 19; 23; 25; 41; 53; 150; 245; 247; 250; 255; 256; 260; 263; 272; 276; 281; 282; 283; 284; 285; 286; 287; 288; X5; X50

Altrincham Interchange will be partially closed to buses until 1.30pm on the day, as Stamford New Road will be closed.

Some bus services will be unable to serve Altrincham Town Centre altogether - those that can will use a temporary terminus in the Rail Station Car Park, on the opposite side of the Interchange, which is located off Oakfield Road.

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


Metrolink

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Need to know

Metrolink have introduced a new zonal fare system.

Metrolink trams and stops will be busier than usual prior to, during and after the event (7.00am and 4.00pm). This will include stops in the city centre and along the Altrincham line, particularly Old Trafford and Trafford Bar stops.

Customers are reminded that animals, except assistance dogs, are not permitted on trams. You will not be able to travel with animals.

You can buy a ticket from a machine on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple app stores) before boarding the tram, we will have extra staff on hand selling tickets to avoid queues at ticket machines. You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.

The start and finish lines of the marathon are in zone 2, if you are travelling across the network to support the athletes a 1-day travelcard for the whole network is just £4.80 for an adult, £2.40 for a child or £7.10 for two adults and up to three children.


Driving

Need to know

Roads in Trafford will be temporarily closed to traffic as they become part of the course.

Roads will be closed and reopened at different times during the day, with the earliest and latest closures from 5am up until 6pm.

The closures will mean all traffic will need to use alternative routes and there could be congestion on these roads, especially roads near the marathon route.

Park and ride services could be busier than a usual Sunday.

Find out more information about the road closures on the organiser’s website.

If you are driving to the event, can you car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road?


Train

Need to know

Rail services are likely to be busier than usual as people make their way to the event, or seek to avoid the road closures.

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

The following companies operate into Manchester:

  • Northern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Virgin Trains
  • Cross Country
  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • East Midlands

Cycling

Need to know

Roads in Trafford will be temporarily closed to all traffic, including bikes, as they become part of the course. All traffic will need to use alternative routes.

Roads will be closed and reopened at different times during the day, with the earliest and latest closures from 5am up until 6pm.

Park and ride services could be busier than a usual Sunday.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity where it can at peak periods on the busiest lines, which is particularly focused on the Altrincham line.

  • Ensuring there are additional staff on Metrolink and at key interchanges to support customers.

  • Increased monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings.

  • Working closely with the event organiser to ensure prompt the reinstatement of bus services, once roads have reopened.