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Sale Sharks host Connacht Rugby in the Challenge Cup at 7.45pm on Friday 29 March.

  • Major road improvement works on Regent Road, one of the busiest routes in and out of Manchester and Salford, is underway.

Useful maps and information


The AJ Bell Stadium is located off junction 11 of the M60.

Please be aware this section of the motorway will be particularly busy as the Trafford Centre is located nearby. As a result, journey times could be longer than expected. Fans are advised to allow extra time when travelling to and from the game.

A brand new road bridge and highway has been constructed and is now open providing direct access to the stadium via Trafford Park.

If you are driving from the Sale, Altrincham and Stockport areas it is advised that you avoid the M60 and instead use local roads and the A57 via Warburton Bridge (toll applies). This is a longer route but is considerably quicker and will allow you to get to the stadium early and enjoy the pre-match entertainment. This is a free flowing route compared to the M60 which can be congested.

Sale Sharks are providing a free shuttle bus from Morson International before and after the game which will take around 15 minutes. You need to register to park at Morson International as spaces are limited.

If you cannot avoid driving to the match you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road.

Parking is available around the ground at certain locations.

Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement works

Major road improvement works, on one of the busiest routes in and out of Manchester and Salford, is underway.

During the works Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction.

The work will last for 12 months and will have a major impact on journey times.

If you are driving to the match, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

Please visit our dedicated MSIRR travel advice page for further information.

Follow @OfficialTfGM for live travel information throughout the day.


The nearest Metrolink stop to the ground is Eccles, which is approximately two miles from the stadium. Walking will take approximately 35 minutes.

You can catch a tram every 12 minutes from the St Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens or Piccadilly Station city centre tram stops towards Eccles. The journey takes around 35 minutes depending on where you board. All stops are fully accessible.

The number 67 & 100 bus services also operate from Eccles Metrolink stop along Liverpool Road and stops adjacent to the stadium.


On Sunday 13 January 2019, Metrolink introduced a new zonal fare system.

This means an easy to understand zones based system will be used for all ticket prices – offering simpler, more flexible and better value fares.

Under the new system, Eccles is now located in zone 2.

  • Travel from the city centre to Eccles will require a zone 1+2 ticket.
    For an adult will be £2.80 for a zone 1+2 single ticket or £3.40 for a zone 1+2 1-day travelcard (off-peak).
    A family 1-day travelcard for zones 1+2 (off-peak) will be £5 and covers groups of one to three children (under 16) travelling with one or two adults.

  • Fans who are boarding the tram for Eccles between Altrincham and Timperley will require a zone 2+3+4 ticket.
    A zone 2+3+4 ticket for an adult will be £3.20 single or £3.80 for a 1-day travelcard (off-peak).
    A family 1-day travelcard for zones 2+3+4 (off-peak) will be £6.70.

  • Child tickets and concessionary fares for TfGM disabled pass holders are half adult prices (ID is required from age 11).

  • For further information and a full list of zones and ticket prices, visit the dedicated Metrolink ticket zone page.

  • You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the tickets and passes page.

  • You can buy a ticket on the day from the ticket machines on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple App stores).

  • Find out more about a combination train and tram day return ticket

  • You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.


A free shuttle service will operate from stand A from the Trafford Centre bus station approximately two hours prior to kick-off.

You can catch the 67 and 100 services, both departing from Shudehill every 15 minutes, to the AJ Bell Stadium.

You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM journey planner.

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


Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

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

Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all home fixtures.


Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.

We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.