Resurfacing work is set to begin on Regent Road next week, which will mark the final stage of a major project to ease traffic congestion along one of Manchester and Salford’s busiest key routes.
The resurfacing work - being carried out as part of the Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme (MSIRR) - will pave the way for new traffic lights to be installed on Regent Road, before it is fully reopened to traffic. Engineers working for Manchester and Salford City Councils are expecting this stage to be completed by the end of May, with the overall project due to be completed later in the summer.
Resurfacing work will start at the junction of Regent Road with the northern section of Oldfield Road on Monday 11 March and then at its junctions with Ordsall Lane on Monday 18 March. Work will be carried out overnight where possible, to reduce disruption for motorists, with no work carried out on Saturdays or Sundays. Weather allowing, work at this junction is due to be completed by Tuesday 26 March. Night working will be subject to conditions to help minimise disturbance for local residents.
Once resurfacing is completed at the Ordsall Lane junctions, the project team will carry out resurfacing on Regent Road’s junctions at the southern section of Oldfield Road, Water Street and Chester Road.
After this is completed, new traffic lights will be installed along Regent Road - including new toucan crossings, to improve the route for cyclists. Work will then be completed on Regent Road, which will be ready to reopen fully to traffic.
After Regent Road reopens, the MSIRR team will move on to improve two junctions to the north of Regent Road. These are the junction of Trinity Way and Hampson Street and the junction of Hampson Street, East Ordsall Lane and Middlewood Street). This is on track to be completed in summer 2018.
In total, the MSIRR scheme will see six major junctions significantly enhanced - increasing their capacity by up to 20 per cent, reducing congestion and improving local air quality, while also ensuring a better route for pedestrians and cyclists.
It is being carried out jointly by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council. The £15m scheme has been agreed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority as one of its priorities for reducing congestion and is funded through the government’s Local Growth Fund. More than 45,000 hours of work have already been put into the scheme.
Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “The resurfacing of Regent Road marks the beginning of the end of our work to upgrade this route for the benefit of all road users - with the benefits of significantly increased capacity to ease congestion, new road surfaces for a smoother drive or ride and toucan crossings for pedestrians and people on bikes.
“We appreciate that unavoidable delays caused during this essential work have been frustrating, but we will continue to do everything we can to complete the scheme as efficiently as possible and are confident that the benefits will be felt for many years to come.”
Councillor Roger Jones, Executive Support Member for Transport at Salford City Council, said: “This is a big leap forward for this essential scheme which I know has caused difficulties for commuters in the short term but will help ease their journeys once it is fully complete.”
The latest travel information can be found at www.tfgm.com/travel-updates/regent-road.
For further information about the project, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/msirr