Roadworks Oxford Road corridor February 2017



What’s happening

Roadworks and changes to some Manchester city centre roads, starting early in January and continuing throughout February and March, 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, 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 Monday 13 February and Sunday 19 March, there are closures and restrictions in place affecting Oxford Road between Booth Street East/West and Whitworth Street.

The junction of Charles Street will remain open throughout (allowing east-west movements), except on Sunday 26 February and the weekend of 4/5 March.

Brook Street is due to be fully reopened from Sunday 12 February in advance of the closures and restrictions on Oxford Road.

The closures and restrictions are to allow new layouts and resurfacing to be carried out, along with development activity for Manchester Metropolitan University and the former BBC site.


Advice for your journey

Bus

Need to know

Buses will not be able to use the section of Oxford Road between Booth Street East/West and Charles Street from Mon 13 February to Friday 17 March.

Services will be diverted around the work area. The following services are affected: 15, 41, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 43, 44, 45, 50, 85, 85A, 86, 86N, 111, 130, 142, 142N, 143, 143N, 147, 191, 197, 250, 253, 263, V3

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.

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Driving and deliveries

Need to know

Monday 13 February – Saturday 25 February

Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Charles Street to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site.

The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by the closure.

One-way working between Charles Street and Whitworth Street, to allow for road layout changes. In-bound traffic only.

Sunday 26 February – Monday 6 March

Oxford Road closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Whitworth Street, to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site and allow resurfacing work to take place.

Charles Street junction will remain open, except for Sunday 26 February and the weekend of 4/5 March.

Booth Street East/West is not affected by the closure.

Monday 6 March – Friday 17 March

Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Charles Street to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site.

The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by the closure.

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. As a result of the closure of Oxford Road there could be a knock-on effect on through traffic using the Upper Brook Street corridor.

Expect congestion in and 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.

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Cycling

Need to know

Monday 13 February – Saturday 25 February

Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Charles Street to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site.

The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by the closure.

One-way working between Charles Street and Whitworth Street, to allow for road layout changes. In-bound traffic only.

Sunday 26 February – Monday 6 March

Oxford Road closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Whitworth Street, to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site and allow resurfacing work to take place.

Charles Street junction will remain open, except for Sunday 26 February and the weekend of 4/5 March.

Booth Street East/West is not affected by the closure.

Monday 6 March – Sunday 19 March

Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street East/West and Charles Street to progress development at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the former BBC site.

The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by the closure.

The closure and restrictions 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?

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Walking

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.
  • Worked with partners along the corridor to ensure works are programmed to occur at the same time, therefore minimising the impact of disruption.
  • 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.
  • Raising awareness through social media, 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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