Mancunian Way – Closure this weekend 9th & 10th SEPTEMBER

5th Sep 2023

Mancunian Way closure – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September

On Saturday 9 and on Sunday 10 September, the Mancunian Way will close for its annual maintenance and safety inspections.

The closure will be in place from Chester Road roundabout to Fairfield Street in both directions.

As a result, we will see an uplift in road users using alternative routes in the city centre and increased journey times within the Inner Ring Road and on routes that join the Mancunian Way.

As Manchester city centre’s busiest road, stakeholders across Greater Manchester have co-ordinated plans for the works to ensure that the Mancunian Way is closed for the shortest time possible over a weekend, where there are fewer work trips and when there are no Premier League home matches. More information about the works, TfGM’s advice and what is being done to minimise the impact is detailed below.

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About the works

• The Mancunian Way will be closed in both directions between 5am on Saturday 9 September and 7pm on Sunday 10 September for its annual maintenance and safety inspection.
• Traffic will be diverted via Chester Road, Bridgewater Viaduct, Whitworth Street West, Whitworth Street, Fairfield Street and vice versa.
• The weekend has been carefully selected to minimise the impact to the people of Greater Manchester, taking into consideration factors such major events, traffic flows, roadworks and utility works.

Key messages

• Based on data from previous closures, the quietest time to travel will be before midday. Traffic levels will be higher from 12pm with the busiest time likely to be between 4pm and 7pm on Saturday and 3pm and 6pm on Sunday.
• Chester Road, Regent Road, Whitworth Street, Fairfield Street and the Inner Ring Road approaching the Mancunian Way are likely to be the most impacted roads. Anyone making a journey by road should check the dedicated map of the Mancunian Way closure before travel.
• Using the M60 and the motorway network will likely be the fastest way to get from one side of the city to the other. If road users are already in the city centre and looking to make a journey, they should use the northern sections of the Inner Ring Road (Trinity Way and Great Ancoats Street) to avoid being caught in congestion on the Whitworth Street diversion route.
• Increased traffic volumes on the diversion route will lead to additional journey time on some bus services.
• To avoid delays, use Metrolink services into the city centre. For those who need to travel by car, avoid city.