A further element of major works designed to reduce congestion on the ring road around Manchester and Salford city centres will begin on Monday 8 October, as the project progresses.
Work will be beginning on the Chester Road/Mancunian Way roundabout to create extra lanes and improved cyclist and pedestrian facilities.
The works will see the approaches leading up to the roundabout reduced to one lane and the inner lane of the roundabout will also be closed. These lane restrictions will remain in place into spring while this element is completed.
It is anticipated that the works will increase journey times in both directions from Monday 8 October, with these delays reducing over time as drivers adapt their journeys.
The Chester Road roundabouts are part of the Manchester-Salford Inner Relief Route scheme to improve capacity at six key road junctions by up to 20 per cent – significantly reducing congestion and improving air quality. It will also help to futureproof the inner relief route, by ensuring it can cope with more new jobs and economic growth in the two cities, avoiding the need for future work.
The work will also improve the junctions for cyclists and pedestrians through upgraded crossing facilities.
But there is no way to do this without there being an impact on journey times for drivers while works take place.
Motorists on the route of works are advised to allow extra time for journeys, especially at peak times. You can minimise or avoid disruption by using alternative routes or modes of transport – or planning to travel outside peak periods – where possible.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have updated their travel advice page and anyone using these routes is encouraged to visit the page to help plan their journey. Since work started, more than 65,000 people have visited the page to explore alternative travel options.
Extra bus services have also been put on from the A580 East Lancs Road Park and Ride site to help more people complete part of their journey largely traffic-free, due to the dedicated bus lanes along that route.
On the east side of the city centre, TfGM have secured free park and ride spaces at the Etihad Campus to help people beat the traffic by travelling into and out of the city by tram.
The improvement works are being carried out jointly by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council are scheduled to last up to 12 months and are funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund. The scheme has been agreed as a Greater Manchester priority for reducing congestion.
For more detailed travel advice relating to the works visit www.tfgm.com/regent-road.
For more information about the works visit www.manchester.gov.uk/msirr.