09 August 2017

Get ready for kick off this season and check before you travel

Manchester United fans heading to the first match of the season against West Ham this Sunday are advised to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys due to recent changes to a number of roads around Old Trafford.

As part of ongoing work to extend the Metrolink network out to intu Trafford Centre, Sir Alex Ferguson Way will be closed at its junction with Wharfside Way and a single lane one-way gyratory system will be in operation on Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Trafford Wharf Road and Victoria Place from Wednesday 9 August.

This area may also be affected by local traffic management provided as part of pedestrian and crowd management plans on match days so drivers are encouraged to avoid this area.

Both Village Way and Trafford Wharf Road (between Warren Bruce Road and Waterside) became one-way to all traffic in June 2017 with traffic only allowed to travel in an eastbound direction (towards Manchester City Centre). Signed diversion routes are in place for all westbound traffic. 

John Fryer, TfGM’s Transport and Event Planning Lead, said: “We’re highlighting recent changes to the road layout in Trafford Park and advising anyone travelling to the match to plan their journey and allow more time.

“Roads in the area are likely to be busier than usual due to the changes and so fans travelling to Old Trafford can avoid the traffic by travelling by tram and alighting at the Old Trafford stop on the Altrincham line or at Exchange Quay on the Eccles line.

“Anyone planning to travel to or through the area on Sunday, but not attending the match, is advised to avoid making their journey between 2 and 4pm and 5:45pm and 7pm, if possible.

“Construction of the new Metrolink line will provide another tram stop close to Old Trafford and expand the network to include many more leisure facilities and businesses in Trafford.”

Fans travelling to Trafford Park by bus should note that there will be a change to the number 24 bus route from 9 August which means it will divert directly along Wharfside Way from White City Roundabout.

Bus routes X58, 291 and 294 will operate as normal while the X50 will be diverting down Chester Road towards Barton Dock Road and on to intu Trafford Centre.

Signed diversions will be in place and anyone wanting to find out more about which roads are affected and where to find relocated bus stops should visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website. Further information about the Trafford Park Line extension can be found here.

Transport for Greater Manchester is working with MPact Thales and WSP to deliver the Trafford Park Line Metrolink extension which is planned to be complete in 2020. The line will support regeneration and economic growth by improving public transport access to employment, business, retail and leisure opportunities in the Trafford Park area and beyond.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

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