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Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

Sunday 19 May 2019

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Whats happening

On Sunday 19 May, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run takes place across areas of Manchester city centre, Trafford and the Etihad stadium. With over 30, 000 competitors expected to take part, a number of road closures will be in place along the marathon route.

The closures will mean all traffic has to find alternative routes and the events themselves will likely make public transport much busier than usual.

Bus services will be significantly affected by the road closures, with services being diverted onto alternate routes or onto the motorway network.

Journey times are likely to take longer so you should plan ahead if you are taking part in, spectating or avoiding the event.


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Bus

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.

These services will follow alternative routes: 15, 18, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 42A, 42B, 43, 50, 53, 85, 86, 101, 102, 103, 111, 142, 143, 197, 216, 219, 250, 255, 256, 263, Free Bus 1 & 2, V1, V2, X41, X43, X50 and MT1.

For full diversion information please see our Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Bus diversions document.

Journey times may take longer on alternative routes and might be affected by localised congestion around the marathon route.

Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey. Help minimise the impact on your journey. Can you travel at a different time, for example?

Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance.


Driving

Roads in the city centre, Trafford and around the Etihad 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 4am up until 7.30pm.

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.

If you do decide to travel by car the information below is tailored to both the direction you approach Manchester from and your arrival time. Please don’t rely on satnav devices, though – they don’t know which roads we’ve closed for you! For live travel updates please follow @OfficialTfGM

  • From the North use the M60 and appropriate connecting road, leading to the northern part of the city – Oldham Road A62, Rochdale Road A576, Middleton Road/Cheetham Hill Road or Bury New Road (A56).

  • From the West use the M60, M602, Regent Road (A57), Trinity Way (A6042). Please allow plenty of extra time due to ongoing works around Regent Road which is reduced to one lane in each direction. Alternatively use the A580 or the A56 to come into the west of the City.

  • From the East before 12:00 use the M60, A62 accessing the city from the north. From 12:00 use Ashton New Road (A662), Ring Road (A665) or Hyde Road (A57) then A665 from Devonshire St North.

  • From the South before 12:00 use the M60, M602, Regent Road (A57), Trinity Way (A6042) but do be aware of works on Regent Road. Alternatively use the A34 Kingsway to reach the city centre also via junction 1 from the M56. From 12:00 where appropriate consider using M60 – anti-clockwise, leave at Jct 22 and then via A62 or A57M Mancunian Way (heading Eastbound is likely to be best).

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

If you are travelling across the city please be aware that Mancunian Way will be closed from 6am to approximately 12.30pm.

Consider the time of your journey. Can you travel earlier or later to avoid the closures? Find out more information about the road closures on the organisers website.

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


Tram

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

Busiest times on trams will be around the start-time of the event but it is likely services will be busy all day.

Metrolink ticket machines may be busier, as will park and ride facilities.

City centre stops will not be affected by the parade route but are likely to be very busy in the lead up to and following the walk. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Follow @MCRMetrolink for the latest tram service information.


Train

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

Busiest times on trains will be around the start-time of the event but it is likely services will be busy all day.

Be sure to check train times on the National Rail website after the changes to the timetables before you travel.

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


Walking and Cycling

Roads in the city centre, Trafford and around the Etihad will be temporarily closed to all traffic, including cycles, 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 4am up until late evening.

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

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

Be aware that drivers may be following routes they are not familiar with.

Help minimise the impact on your journey. Can you travel at a different time or use a different route entirely?

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


What TfGM is doing to make travel easier

  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity where it can at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Ensuring there are additional staff on Metrolink and at key interchanges to support customers.
  • Enhanced 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 resumption of bus services, following reopening of roads
  • Working with local highway authorities to temporarily suspend roadworks where possible on the region’s main commuter routes