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Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Manchester United host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday 13 December at Old Trafford. Kick-off is 8pm and with around 75,000 fans expected to attend, roads and public transport are expected to be busier than usual.

Areas in the city centre and Trafford will be the most affected but extra trams will be running on routes to Old Trafford for those wishing to travel by Metrolink.

Enhanced security and bag checks will be in place, so please allow additional time to arrive at the ground to ensure you don't miss kick off.

Turnstiles open two hours before kick-off and there is 50% off all drinks in kiosks for the first hour the turnstiles are open.

The travel advice on this page should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.

Details of Manchester United’s upcoming fixtures for the season can be found by visiting their website.

If you’re visiting Manchester for the football and want to see more of the sites why not check out the Visit Manchester website to see what else this great city has to offer. Visiting fans, if you arrive in Manchester early then why not visit the National Football Museum before travelling to Old Trafford on the tram? The Manchester United Megastore, located at the ground, will be open from 10am to 4pm, but closed during the times of the match.


Ways to get to Old Trafford

  • Travel by tram, train, bus and walking is the best way to get to Old Trafford
  • Greater Manchester’s park and ride facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to Old Trafford. Complete your journey via public transport
  • Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day
  • Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking permits on the club’s website.
  • If you cannot avoid driving to the match you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road

Useful maps


Getting to and from Old Trafford by Metrolink couldn’t be easier.

Fast, frequent and reliable services run direct to Old Trafford and several other stops are within walking distance of the ground. Journeys take around 15 minutes from Manchester city centre with four stops within easy walking distance of the ground.

  • Old Trafford
  • Trafford Bar
  • Exchange Quay
  • Salford Quay

Tickets

The price for an adult off peak return ticket is £3.20 and £1.20 for a child return ticket.

A day travelcard is £5 for an adult, £2 for a child and £6.20 for a family. You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the website.

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.

You can buy a ticket from a machine on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple app stores) before boarding the tram. You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.

General travel advice

City centre stops and Piccadilly Station are likely to be very busy in the lead up to kick-off, so please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey. Follow @MCRMetrolink for live updates before and after you travel.

You can avoid the busy match day traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink. Car parking here is free if you travel by tram:

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces – Kingsway, Parrs Wood M19 1TB
  • Brooklands with 108 spaces – Marsland Road/Brooklands Road, M33 3SQ
  • Navigation Road with 81 spaces – Navigation Road, WA14 1NF
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces – Rifle Road, M33 2LX
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces – Eccles New Road, Eccles, M6 8HD

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.

Trafford Park Line works

Metrolink’s Trafford Park Line is a new tram line that will run from the existing Pomona Metrolink stop, through Trafford Park, terminating at intu Trafford Centre.

Work on the Trafford Park Line extension started in winter and it’s expected that the works will last approximately four years.

A map showing where work is taking place is available.

Plan ahead if you are driving to Old Trafford as roads which you currently use on your journey through Trafford Park may be closed or affected.

Check our special travel advice for more details on the Trafford Park Line work.


Bus

If you are travelling by bus to Old Trafford please check with your bus operator before you travel due to a number of road works taking place in the local area some services are affected. Currently, the 79,250,255,256, 263 and x50 services run to Old Trafford.

You can plan your bus journey at by using the TfGM Route Explorer

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

If you are not travelling to the game, but are planning on using public transport, you should consider the following:

  • Journey times for some bus passengers vary on match days so you should consider setting off earlier to avoid the rush
  • Avoid the busier times before and after the match
  • Old Trafford is only three miles from the city centre and so walking is quick and easy. Check out this handy map to plan the fastest route

Train

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

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.

Change to train services to Manchester United from 13th December 2017 to 3rd February 2018

Train services will only run to and from Trafford Park station for the following games:
13th December 2017- AFC Bournemouth
26th December 2017- Burnley (No services)
30th December 2017 - Southampton
5th January 2018 - Derby County
15th January 2018 – Stoke City
3rd February 2018 – Huddersfield Town

For these games there will be no services to or from the Manchester United Ground Halt station. Instead services will be running to and from Trafford Park station. In addition there will be no train services running on Boxing Day for the home match against Burnley.

Trafford Park station is a clearly signposted 25 minute walk away from the stadium. This is a mainline station with services running to Piccadilly and Oxford Road as well as numerous other stations across the North West.

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times from Piccadilly 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.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

Northern rail will be operating a match day service to and from MUFC Halt station which is directly adjacent to the Old Trafford stadium.

Old Trafford Halt is currently __not accessible __ to customers in wheelchairs or those with severe mobility difficulties

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times from Piccadilly 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.


Driving

Roads in Trafford and the surrounding areas, including the local motorway network, will be extremely busy and there may be additional road closures and diversions in place.

Match day car parking is limited and fans are advised to pre-book their space.

Don’t forget work to extend the Metrolink network out to Trafford Park Line is currently under way and a number of roads are affected. New match day traffic management arrangements are in place so plan your route before setting off.

The key roads that are affected are Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way.

A map of the work and suggested diversion routes is available.

Park and ride

You can avoid the busy match day traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink. Car parking here is free if you travel by tram:

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces – Kingsway, Parrs Wood M19 1TB
  • Brooklands with 108 spaces – Marsland Road/Brooklands Road, M33 3SQ
  • Navigation Road with 81 spaces – Navigation Road, WA14 1NF
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces – Rifle Road, M33 2LX
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces – Eccles New Road, Eccles, M6 8HD

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.

General travel advice

If you’re not travelling to the match, but are driving around the local area, you should consider the following:

  • To avoid match day traffic you should re-route or re-time your journey.
  • Local roads will be busiest between 2pm until 4.30pm prior to the game and 6pm until 7.30pm afterwards.
  • The work to extend the Metrolink network through to Trafford Park means that there are a number of road closures and lanes restrictions in the area - the key roads that are affected are Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way.
  • A map of the work and suggested diversion routes is available.

Walking and cycling

Old Trafford is only three miles from the city centre and so walking and cycling are good options to get to and from the match.

Use this handy map to see the quickest routes.


Making travel easier

Accessibility

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.

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
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with the football and Trafford Park Line extension by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines
  • 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