Work to fix a well-known pinch point on one of Manchester’s major traffic routes is set to begin on Monday January 27.
The Hyde Road scheme will remove an existing bridge over the A57, which narrows the four-lane road down to two between Far Lane and Wall Way - causing a significant congestion issue in the Gorton area.
The bridge, which forms part of the Fallowfield Loop cycling and walking route, will be demolished in the early stages of the programme. It will be replaced by a new bridge, while an existing pedestrian crossing on the affected part of Hyde Road will also be upgraded. Signposted diversions will be put in place for those cycling and walking in the area, while new lighting and CCTV cameras will be installed in the area, to improve security.
From Monday 27 January, part of the eastbound lane (travelling away from the city centre) will be closed, to enable work to begin. Initial working hours for the scheme will be 8am - 5pm (Monday - Friday).
A full road closure will be required during the demolition of the bridge, which will take place over a weekend in order to minimise disruption. Dates for this closure are to be confirmed and will be communicated in due course.
In response to local residents’ concerns about the possibility of ‘rat-running’ during the works, temporary road closures at Waterhouse Road, Woodland Road and Dean Road are being put into place, with access maintained for residents throughout.
The scheme has been designed to treat a 300-metre stretch of the four mile-long Hyde Road - which runs from the city centre to the Manchester Outer Ring Road at Denton. The design has incorporated space which could be used to create a cycle lane, in the event that a future Greater Manchester ‘Bee Network’ proposal for the whole of Hyde Road is brought forward.
The work is expected to be completed by winter 2020/21.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “Congestion has blighted this area for too long, with an impact not just on commuters whose journeys are delayed, but also on local residents in terms of diminished air quality. That’s why it is important that we remove the bottleneck which is caused by the current bridge over Hyde Road.
“We know that the work will affect all of those who use Hyde Road and also people who cycle and walk on the Fallowfield Loop. We will do everything we can to minimise the disruption and thank everyone in advance for bearing with us while this vital scheme is carried out.”
Peter Boulton, TfGM’s Head of Highways, said: “The widening of this section of Hyde Road will deliver much needed capacity improvements in an area that sees congestion on most days.
“Hyde Road is one of the busiest roads in Greater Manchester and is a key corridor into and out of the city centre. It’s essential that the work is carried out to improve the flow of traffic for the thousands of people that use it.
“While the work takes place we’d urge everyone to plan ahead, allow more time for their journeys and, if possible, consider using alternative modes of transport or travelling outside of peak hours.
“We have all the latest travel advice on our website to help people plan their journeys at tfgm.com/traveladvice.”
For more information, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/improvements.