Roadworks and new permanent restrictions Manchester city centre and the A34 January 2017



What’s happening

Roadworks and changes to some Manchester city centre roads, starting early in January, mean there is an increased likelihood of congestion affecting both general traffic and buses.

Journey times for drivers and bus passengers are likely to be adversely affected throughout January and into February, particularly at the peak travelling times and especially in the evening.

We have provided help and advice to keep you moving so you can prepare and minimise the effect on your travel plans.

Between 4 January and 8 January buses will be diverted from Oxford Road to allow resurfacing work to take place between Booth Street and Charles Street.

There are new, permanent changes to some city centre roads starting from 8 January which will affect general traffic using the Princess Street, Cross Street, Albert Square, Portland Street area. The changes are to accommodate the new Metrolink line running across the city centre. This will affect general traffic in the area and mean some bus stops are permanently moved.

Roadworks are planned for the A34 Brook Street – the section of road between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street – which will require its closure to all traffic between 9 January and 12 February. The closure is to allow a developer to safely make utilities connections.


Advice for your journey

Bus

4 January – 8 January: Oxford Road

Need to know

Buses will not be able to use the section of Oxford Road between Charles Street and Booth Street East/West.

Services will be diverted around the work area. The following services are affected: 15, 18, 38, 41, 42, 42A, 43, 44, 45, 50, 85, 85A, 86, 86N, 111, 130, 142, 143, 147, 191, 197, 250, 263, X57

Maps and more information will be posted on the affected bus stops so you can find your temporary alternative stop.

The diversions will mean a longer journey time for your trip.


What you can do

Allow more time for your journey, particularly at peak times.

Help minimise the impact on your journey. Can you travel at a different time, use a service which avoids the area, use a different mode of transport?

If your stop is affected, familiarise yourself with where your alternative stop is located.

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


Follow @OfficialTfGM. If there are changes, we will share what we know as soon as we can.

From 8 January: city centre changes

Need to know

Bus stops on Charlotte Street and King Street will be permanently closed and moved to Princess Street and John Dalton Street respectively.

Walking directions to the new stops will be posted on all affected stops in advance.

Your bus route through the affected part of the city centre might alter as a result of the permanent changes to the road layout, changing where your bus will normally stop in future.

The following services are affected: 26, 34, X34, 35, 36, 37, 38, X39, 50, 191, 197, V1, V2.

If you are travelling on Sunday 8 January there are additional changes for these services: 26, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 50, 197, V1, V2.

On 8 January these services will go via Deansgate, Peter Street and Portland Street in both directions and use stops on that route. They will not go via John Dalton Street, Cross Street or King Street.

The 197 will divert via Oxford Street and Portland Street and terminate on Chorlton Street.

Metroshuttle 3 will continue to stop on Charlotte Street and King Street from Monday 9 January.

What you can do

Allow more time for your journey if you have to walk to a new stop.

Look out for posters on your stop if it is affected. Familiarise yourself with where your alternative stop is located.

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


Follow @OfficialTfGM. If there are changes, we will share what we know as soon as we can.

9 January – 12 February: Brook Street (between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street)

Need to know

Buses will not be able to use the section of the A34 between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street.

Services will be diverted around the work area. The following services are affected: 50, 130, 147, 173, 191, 197.

Maps and more information will be posted on the affected bus stops so you can find your temporary alternative stop.

Congestion in the area is expected, particularly at peak times, and especially in the evening, so it will take longer for your journey.


What you can do

Allow more time for your journey as congestion in the area, including surrounding roads, is likely.

Help minimise the impact on your journey. Can you travel at a different time, use a service which avoids the area, use a different mode of transport?

Look out for posters on your stop if it is affected. Familiarise yourself with where your alternative stop is located.

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

Follow @OfficialTfGM. If there are changes, we will share what we know as soon as we can.

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Metroshuttle

From 8 January: city centre changes

Need to know

The new Metrolink line across the city centre means changes to the route for Metroshuttle 3.

It will continue to stop on Charlotte Street and King Street.

The service will stop at St Mary’s Gate and only serve Spinningfields during peak times (Monday to Friday: 7.25 am – 9.30 am and 4.30 pm – 7.20 pm).

What you can do

Familiarise yourself with the changes. The new route for Metroshuttle 3 will be available on the TfGM website.

Allow more time for your journey.

Follow @OfficialTfGM.

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Driving and deliveries

4 January – 8 January: Oxford Road

Need to know

Resurfacing work will require a full-width closure of Oxford Road between Charles Street and Booth Street East/West.

The closure will mostly affect local traffic as a bus gate has been in force on Oxford Road since June 2016, prohibiting inbound general traffic beyond Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm. However, there could be a knock-on effect on through traffic using the Brook Street corridor.

Expect congestion in around Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street, and on surrounding roads, particularly at peak travelling times and especially in the evening as people head home.

Local diversions will be in place for access traffic.

What you can do

Allow more time for your journey as there will be additional buses along the Brook Street corridor – congestion is expected, especially in the evening peak.

Consider travelling at a different time – can you make your journey or delivery outside the morning or evening peak travelling time, use a different route entirely, use the tram or the train, car share?

Follow the local diversions if you are accessing the local area.

If you cannot avoid the area, allow more time for your journey, particularly in the evening peak.


From 8 January: Permanent changes to city centre roads

Need to know

The new Metrolink line across the city centre means changes and restrictions for general traffic.

The tramlines are between St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square, via Princess Street and Cross Street, and will affect the roads in that area.

The following roads are affected:

  • Restricted movements for general traffic on Princess Street between Portland Street and John Dalton Street
  • Restricted movements for general traffic on King Street between Cheapside and Cross Street
  • Restricted movements for general traffic on Cross Street between King Street and Princess Street

What you can do

If you need to access the area after 8 January, familiarise yourself with the restrictions so you are prepared.

The maps above will help.

Help minimise the impact on your journey. If your journey is cross-city, can you use a different route entirely or go by tram or train?

If you cannot avoid the area, allow more time for your journey, particularly in the evening peak, as everyone gets used to the changes; congestion is expected.


9 January – 12 February: Brook Street (between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street)

Need to know

Underground utilities connections will require a full-width closure of the A34 Brook Street between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street.

Expect congestion around Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street, and on surrounding roads, particularly at peak travelling times and especially in the evening as people head home.

Oxford Road now has new layouts and restricted access arrangements so is not a suitable alternative route.

New restrictions on some city centre roads around Princess Street, Cross Street and King Street come into force from 8 January.

What you can do

Help minimise the impact on your journey. Can you travel at a different time, use a different route entirely, go by tram or train, use a different mode of transport, car share?

Remember that Oxford Road now has new layouts and restricted access arrangements so is not a suitable alternative route.

The maps on this page show you the work area and the new city centre restrictions.

If you cannot avoid the area, allow more time for your journey, particularly at peak times, especially the evening, when roads are busiest.

Take notice of alternative route/diversion signs and follow them.

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Cycling

4 January – 8 January: Oxford Road

Need to know

Resurfacing work will require a full-width closure of Oxford Road between Charles Street and Booth Street East/West.

The closure will affect all traffic, including cyclists.

Local diversions will be in place to help guide cyclists around the work area.


What you can do

Allow more time for your journey.

Be aware that other roads in the area may be busier than usual, particularly in the evening peak.

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?


From 8 January: permanent changes to city centre roads

Need to know

Temporary traffic management measures in place during the construction of the new Metrolink line across the city centre will be removed, allowing vehicles back into the area.

There are changes to how traffic, including cyclists, will be permitted to circulate in the area, with buses, bikes and pedestrians prioritised.

There are new tramlines between St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square, via Princess Street and Cross Street.

Trams will not be running on the tracks at this point.

What you can do

Be aware that traffic will now be moving in the area.

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

Be aware that other roads in the area may be busier as a result, particularly in the evening peak.

Familiarise yourself with the changes so you are prepared.

The maps above will help.


9 January – 12 February: Brook Street (between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street)

Need to know

Underground utilities connections will require a full-width closure of the A34 Brook Street between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street.

The closure will affect all traffic, including cyclists.

Local diversions will be in place to help guide cyclists around the work area.

Expect congestion in the area and on surrounding roads, particularly at peak periods and especially in the evening.

What you can do

Allow more time for your journey.

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

Be aware that other roads in the area may be busier as a result, particularly in the evening peak.

Find an alternative route and avoid the area if you can. Oxford Road now has new layouts and restricted access arrangements so it prioritises buses and bikes.

If you cannot avoid the area, allow more time for your journey and follow the diversion signs.

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Walking

4 January – 8 January: Oxford Road

Need to know

Pedestrian access will be maintained around the work area.

What you can do

Allow more time for your journey if your bus stop has been temporarily relocated.


From 8 January: city centre changes

Need to know

Temporary traffic management measures in place during the construction of the new Metrolink line across the city centre will be removed, allowing vehicles back into the area.

There are changes to how traffic, including cyclists, will be permitted to circulate in the area, with buses, bikes and pedestrians prioritised.

Trams will not be running on the tracks at this point.

What you can do

Be aware that traffic will now be moving in the area.

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

Be aware that other roads in the area may be busier as a result, particularly in the evening peak.

Allow more time for your journey if you have to include additional walking time to a new bus stop.


9 January – 12 February: Brook Street (between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street)

Need to know

Pedestrian access will be maintained around the work area.

Your journey may take longer if you need to walk to another stop.

What you can do

Allow more time for your journey if your bus stop has been temporarily relocated.

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What TfGM is doing to make travel easier

  • Updating electronic signage so drivers are pre-warned of the changes and potential for disruption.
  • Working with Manchester City Council in devising alternative routes so the effects of road closures are minimised.
  • Targeting key decision-making points on routes for drivers so they are better informed and able to avoid the problem areas all together.
  • Working with operators to keep passengers informed and supported, including adding posters and signage to stops affected and ensuring additional staff will be on hand to help bus passengers when the city centre changes come into effect.
  • Raising awareness through social media, advertising and news stories.
  • Altering traffic signals in the affected area so traffic flows are optimised.
  • Enhanced monitoring of traffic flows in the area so our engineers can make adjustments to traffic signals and help ease any congestion.
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