Oxford Road update: January 2017

The transformation of one of Manchester’s key transport routes – and one of Europe's busiest bus corridors – is well under way.

Our ground-breaking investment to Oxford Road will soon see it become a pedestrian and cycle-friendly boulevard as part of the bus priority package.

Work is nearing completion but you can track its progress by following us on Twitter @OfficialTfGM or by searching #OxfordRoad for the latest information.

Thanks for your patience as we continue the work.

Oxford Street is now two-way to allow local access between Portland Street and Whitworth Street following the introduction of a new ' bus gate' at the Whitworth Street junction.

The 'bus gate' prioritises buses, bikes and pedestrians and restricts general traffic heading into the city between 6am and 9pm.

This and other changes to junction priorities in the area can be seen on this local map.

The changes at Oxford Street reflect those further along Oxford Road, where a 'bus gate' is also in place for inbound traffic at the junction with Hathersage Road.

The 'bus gate' prohibits general traffic beyond Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a week.

Bus gates within Manchester city centre are monitored and enforced by the highway authority, Manchester City Council. Any queries relating to their operation should be made directly with the council by visiting their website or phoning 0161 234 4111.

There are also changes along the route for pedestrians and cyclists – each have their own separate space and there are new zebra crossing points to help bus passengers using the new-look ‘island’ stops. If you’re catching a bus, walking or cycling along Oxford Road look out for the changes – and for each other when your paths cross.

The new bike lanes run ‘behind’ some stops, allowing riders to pass buses without overtaking them, making it easier and safer for more people to cycle along this popular route. We’re adding colour to the cycleways – and putting in dedicated pedestrian crossing points – so bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists are better able to know where things have changed and can watch out for each other.

Road users can now use this handy map to see the changes and plan their journeys. The map reflects the final scheme and while work continues to implement all the permanent changes there's never been a better time to get used to how Oxford Road will work in the near future.

The changes to Oxford Road and some surrounding roads will deliver faster bus journeys and ensure services are more punctual and reliable, while improvements to cycling facilities along the road will make it easier and safer for more people to cycle. If you’d like to see what the finished scheme will look like, you can watch this fly-through video.

The work on Oxford Road marks a major landmark in the progress of the transformational GROW project. Grow will see more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including Metrolink's Second City Crossing, bus priority measures, six new and improved cycle routes into the city centre, including the new Wilmslow Road cycleway connecting to Oxford Road, and major rail improvements.

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