Conservative Party Conference: Note for Businesses25th Sep 2019
Conservative Party Conference
Sunday 29 September – Wednesday 2 October
For travel updates follow @officialTFGM
Transport for Greater Manchester Conservative Party Conference Travel Page
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Due to security cordons around the event site a number of road closures and diversions will be in operation.
Road closures from 6pm on Wednesday 25 September
- Lower Mosley Street inbound (from Great Bridgewater Street to Windmill Street) except for access to Bishopsgate and Manchester Central NCP car park
- Mount Street (between Windmill Street and Peter Street)
- Windmill Street (between Lower Mosley Street and Watson Street)
- Southmill Street (between Windmill Street and Peter Street)
- Museum Street
Road closures from 6.30pm on Thursday 26 September
- Peter Street (between Southmill Street and Oxford Street)
- ACCESS ONLY TO: Oxford Street (between Portland Street and Peter Street)
- ACCESS ONLY TO: Hall Street and Bale Street
Road closures from 6pm on Saturday 28 September
- Peter Street (between Deansgate and Southmill Street)
- Southmill Street (between Windmill Street and Bootle Street)
- Marron Place
- Jerusalem Place
- Lower Mosley Street inbound (from Manchester Central NCP car park and Great Bridgewater Street)
Please note: there is an existing closure of Mount St between Peter St and Albert Square for works. Access to Albert Square is via Lloyd St from Deansgate.
After the conference, removal of road restrictions will begin Wednesday 2 October (afternoon) and finish Friday 4 October.
It is recommended, where possible, to use St Peter’s Square, or walk to Piccadilly Gardens or Market Street. There will be further travel details on Sunday to follow.
Due to the high-profile nature of the event, public transport in and around the city centre may take longer than normal. Road closures will be in place and, as a result, five bus services will be diverted for the duration of the event. Between Thursday 26 September and Friday 4 October, the 44, 191, 197, X58 and Free Bus will be diverted.
Pay and Display parking suspensions will be in operation as follows:
- Mount Street, Museum Street and Southmill Street (between Windmill Street and Peter Street) from 4pm Wednesday 25 September to Friday 4 October.
- Peter Street (between Deansgate and Southmill St) from 4pm Saturday 28 September to Friday 4 October.
Please note: Central Street, Bootle Street, and Southmill Street (between Peter Street and Lloyd Street) are already suspended (running to end of October 2019).
NCP Car Parking
Manchester Central NCP car park will be closed from Saturday 28 September 6pm to Wednesday 2 October. Parking information can be found online or call 0345 050 7080.
- Two disabled parking bays on Mount Street next to the Midland Hotel will be suspended from 4pm on Wednesday 25 September to Friday 4 October.
- Seven disabled parking bays on Peter Street next to the Central Library will be suspended from 4pm Thursday 26 September to Friday 4 October (a further 7 on Mount St next to Central Library are already suspended for Heat Network works).
- Sixteen pay and display parking bays on Jackson’s Row will be converted to disabled parking bays from 4pm Thursday 26 September to Friday 4 October. Access to Jackson’s Row will be via Bootle Street to Southmill Street as Peter Street will be closed.
Commuting, Deliveries & Waste Collection
Please advise staff and contractors about potential delays to journeys into the city centre. Promote agile working, public transport and re-routing where possible.
Businesses that fall within the impacted area are advised to consider re-arranging deliveries and waste collections during this period as access to the area will be restricted. You should liaise with your waste provider directly regarding this (or building manager).
There are a number of planned marches on Sunday 29 September.
There will be additional protests taking place in the city at other public locations, these are controlled and managed by partners including GMP.
March One – The People’s Assembly
The meeting point will be at All Saints Park from 12.00pm, the march will start at 13.00 from All Saints Park. It will then proceed to: Oxford Road, Chepstow St, Albion St, Whitworth Street West, Deansgate Locks, Deansgate and around Manchester Cathedral area at 5pm.
March Two – Britain for Europe & March for Change
The meeting point will be at Whitworth Park at 14.30, the march will start at 15.00 from Whitworth Park. It will then proceed to: Oxford Road, Chepstow St, Albion St, Whitworth Street West, Deansgate Locks, Liverpool Road and rally at Castlefield.
Key Notes for Businesses
- Temporary road closures along the route of the marches
- Other protest activity taking place in public areas of the city
- Sunday is a ‘peak’ day for city centre transport and travel
- Higher footfall is expected around the surrounding areas of Oxford Road, Liverpool Road, Deansgate, St Mary’s Gate, Castlefield Bowl and Cathedral Gardens
- Parking bay suspensions around the protest routes area
- Re-Route: Cross-city travel should be avoided where feasible
- Re-Arrange: Commercial waste as well as delivery dates or arrange for alternative days
- Re-Mode: Anticipate staff and guest travel delays (public transport is recommended).