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People travelling into Manchester city centre this weekend urged to plan ahead of major roadworks

People travelling into Manchester city centre this weekend are being urged to plan aheadwith major roadworks and Metrolink engineering works, as well as major music and sport events, expected to impact journeys.

For a quicker and more enjoyable journey, people are advised to leave the car at home as roadworks are taking place in a number of locations including Shudehill, Deansgate and Ancoats, and congestion expected on the roads at all times on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March.

Bus journeys are also likely to be affected by increased traffic, and some services may be running on different routes in the city centre. Customers should check on-stop information and follow their operator on social media for the latest updates.

Anyone planning to travel by tram should also be aware that due to Metrolink engineering works there will be no services operating to Shudehill, Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens over the weekend. Services will operate via St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square instead.

Trams on the Ashton and Eccles lines will run to Piccadilly and Cornbrook respectively, with replacement buses running between Cornbrook and Piccadilly and Victoria and Piccadilly.

Metrolink staff will also be deployed key at locations across the network to assist customers.

More information on the Metrolink engineering works, including walking time between city centre stops, can be found online.

Several road closures are planned to allow for roadworks to take place, including the closure of Shudehill northbound between High Street and Thomas Street from 1am on Saturday 11thMarch until 5am on Monday 13th March:

  • There will be no access to Mosley Street between Charlotte Street and Parker Street, and no access to New York Street from York Street, from 1am on Saturday 11th March until 5am on Monday 13th March.

  • John Dalton Street is due to close in both directions on both days between Deansgate and Bow Street for the installation of a crane, should this not go ahead due to bad weather this will take place on 18th and 19th March. A signed diversionary route will be in place.

  • In Ancoats, Thompson Street is due to close westbound one way on both days between Oldham Road and Rochdale Road for the removal of a crane. should this not go ahead due to bad weather this will take place on a later date. A signed diversionary route will be in place.

Pedestrian routes will be provided on all engineering or construction works for people in the city centre and cycling provides a great way to avoid the congestion and make short trips. Hundreds of cycle hire bikes are available at locations throughout the city centre to allow for quick and easy cross-city travel. For more information on the cycle hire scheme, click here.

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