|City Centre Congestion Measures
Greater Manchester’s Urban Traffic Control staff will be monitoring the city centre network as normal throughout the weekends on the lead up to Christmas, and will be able to make live changes to the signals in order to ease congestion where it occurs.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s 24 hour Control Centre will also be monitoring the city centre, providing real time interventions and information on congestion and incidents throughout the city and wider network.
In addition, TFGM’s Urban Traffic Control Engineers will be providing enhanced support and will be able to respond to congestion by making live changes and adjustments to signal timings where possible.
Further measures being implemented include the placement of temporary signs on the approaches to key areas, including mobile Variable Message Signs beside the road, to provide advanced notification of closures.
Some other steps being taken include:
• In order to improve matters since last year, Salford City Council have implemented a loading bay on Blackfriars Street that allows vehicles to move out of the main flow of traffic when dropping off, picking up or loading on this section of the road
• Temporary signs are being installed on Chapel Street advising that Deansgate is closed to through traffic from Blackfriars Street onwards
• Mobile Variable Message Signs are being deployed on Greengate Square, and Manchester partners are working with Salford City Council to ensure a joined-up approach to managing congestion
• TfGM are reactivating messages about the Deansgate closure on their Traffic Information signs
• Variable Message Signs are on Great Ducie St notifying drivers of route changes and problem areas.
• Urban Traffic Control have implemented peak hour signals operation to help ease the congestion.
• Motorists using the Arndale car park can pre-book parking, which guarantees a space and helps to spread journey times. Avoid peak times if possible, which includes Saturday between 4.30pm and 7.30pm
• The Arena is sending Travel Advice messages to those attending events in the lead up to Christmas.
• Piccadilly Gardens has Metrolink works taking place this week, with a bus replacement service in operation. A new bus company is providing this and they have a reactive team to re-route buses away from congested areas.