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Motorists urged to plan their travel ahead of major roadworks

Lee Howarth

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Drivers are being advised to plan ahead and get ready for major roadworks on key routes into and out of Manchester city centre.

On Wednesday 29 August, Manchester and Salford City Councils will start major improvement work on key junctions on and around Regent Road, Trinity Way and A57 Mancunian Way.

The £15 million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme (MSIRR) is being delivered by Manchester and Salford City Councils with funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

During the works Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction. Journey times are expected to increase significantly, especially during the morning and evening peaks.

To help people get around during the work, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched a bespoke MSIRR travel advice page that will provide up-to-date travel information, expected journey times and alternative travel options.

Where possible, road users are advised to plan ahead, look for alternative routes, travel outside of peak times and consider public transport options.

The work is expected to cause delays on other nearby corridors including the M602 and Mancunian Way, while surrounding routes – such as Chester Road, Princess Road, A580 East Lancs Road, Trinity Way, Hyde Road, Stockport Road and Ashton Old Road – will likely be much busier than usual.
During the morning peak, travel into the city centre via the M602, Regent Road and on to the Mancunian Way is expected to increase from around 15-20mins to at least 25-30mins.

During the evening peak, journeys out of the city centre along the Mancunian Way, Regent Road and on to the M602 are expected to increase from around 20-25mins to at least 40-45mins.

There are a number of Park and Ride sites across Greater Manchester that provide free and convenient access to both bus and tram services. Further details of the available Park and Ride sites will be made available in the coming days.

Drivers should consider using public transport where it’s an option – or cycle or walk if they are able to do so. Where possible, working from home could be considered.

Work will start at the following six key junctions in and around Regent Road on Wednesday 29 August and is scheduled to take 12 months:

• The junction of Dawson Street, Regent Road, Trinity Way and Water Street.
• The junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane (Salford).
• The junction of Regent Road and Oldfield Road (Salford).
• The Mancunian Way, A56, A5067 roundabout.
• The junction of Trinity Way and Hampson Street.
• The junction of Hampson Street, East Ordsall Lane and Middlewood Street.

It will ultimately increase capacity at the six key junctions by up to 20%, reducing congestion and delays.

TfGM will be working with local councils to offer support for road users and venues and destinations along the route with up-to-date travel advice throughout the works.

More information about the scheme is available on the Manchester City Council website.

Metrolink Trafford Park Line – Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders

Lee Howarth

Dear recipient

Metrolink Trafford Park Line – Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders

We have written to you previously about Trafford Park Line Metrolink works taking place in your area. This email is in regards to the next stage of works at various sites in the area (listed below). The work is mainly to improve the highways, to facilitate track construction and to carry out safety improvements and repairs.

A number of Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) will be introduced at the end of this month and in September 2018.

The details are included here:

 1.       Warren Bruce Road

a.       A prohibition of the left turn from Warren Bruce Road into Wharfside Way. It is anticipated that this will come into operation from 21 August 2018 and will remain in force for approximately eight weeks. This Order is required to enable highway improvement works across the left turn approach lane in connection with the Trafford Park line works.

Click here to download this TTRO

b.      A one-way traffic system will be introduced on Warren Bruce Road which will, when combined with the existing temporary Order, make the whole length one-way from Village Circle to Trafford Wharf Road, in that direction. This will come into effect on 28 August 2018 and will be required for a period of approximately 12 weeks. The reason for the Order is to facilitate the highway and track construction works at the junction of Warren Bruce Road and Village Circle.

Click here to download this TTRO

2.       Pomona Strand – weekend closure

Pomona Strand is expected to be closed from 06:00 on Saturday 1 September until 17:00 on Sunday 2 September to enable a crane to be situated on the road to lift in large bridge deck components.

Click here to download this TTRO

 3.       Mercury Way - overnight closure
Mercury Way will be closed from 20:00 to 06:00, between a point 190 metres north of its junction with Barton Dock Road to its junction with Barton Dock Road. This Order will come into force on 3 September and will be required for approximately four nights. Access to properties on Mercury Way will be maintained via Barton Dock Road, Peel Circle, Phoenix Way, private access roads within the EventCity site (as agreed with EventCity). The reason for the Order is to facilitate the completion of highway surfacing works on Mercury Way.

Click here to download this TTRO

 4.       Parkway between Barton Dock Road and Parkway Circle – weekend closure

 a.       A weekend closure of Parkway between Barton Dock Road and Parkway Circle. This is to enable two cranes to lift the new bridge deck beams onto the bridge supports to form a new Metrolink bridge over Bridgewater Canal. We will also take advantage of this closure to undertake highway resurfacing works.

The Order will be in effect from 00:01 on Saturday 8 September until 06:00 on Monday 10 September.

However, if the bridge lift needs to be postponed, for example due to high winds affecting the safe use of the cranes, the Order will take effect for the same times on Saturday 15 – Monday 17 September.

Click here to download this TTRO.

b.      The canal towpath which runs along the south west bank of the Bridgewater Canal will also be temporarily closed during the same time period as above. This is for safety reasons as it will not be possible to allow pedestrians and cyclists to pass safely beneath the bridge whilst the crane lifts are undertaken.

Click here to download this TTRO

Access for pedestrians will be maintained during the temporary closures of these roads. The suggested diversion routes for vehicular traffic are included in the attached/enclosed temporary traffic regulation order notices and will be signed on the street.

We appreciate your patience during the construction of the Trafford Park Line.

TfGM will continue to engage with stakeholders along the route and will provide further information as we progress. In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding the scheme or if you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact either me or a member of the Metrolink team on 0161 244 1555 or email MetrolinkTPL@tfgm.com

Kind Regards

Angela Forster

Senior Communications Officer

Transport for Greater Manchester

Cycle to Work Day - Wednesday 15th August 2018 - see below...

Lee Howarth

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MediaCityUK is proud to support National Cycle to Work Day and is offering a FREE breakfast* to the cyclists that travel to work on their bike on Wednesday 15th August.
To claim, simply head over to Nutri-Bar (next to the Cycle Hub) with proof that you’re a cyclist (a helmet or your lycra’s will do!) Click here to download a PDF of this flyer with full details!

Cycle to Work Pledge!

Finally if you are cycling to work have you pledged?  please visit www.cycletoworkday.org and add your pledge!

Important information: Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme – potential disruption to travel for 12 months

Lee Howarth

Starting on Wednesday 29 August, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council will begin major improvement works on six junctions on and around Regent Road.

Once complete the £15 million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement (MSIRR) scheme will help to ease congestion on one of the busiest routes into and out of Manchester city centre from Salford by increasing capacity by up to 20%.

The work is scheduled to take 12 months to complete and during this time Regent Road will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction. As a result journey times are expected to increase significantly, especially during the morning and evening peaks.

The six junctions set to be affected include:

  • The junction of Dawson Street, Regent Road, Trinity Way and Water Street.
  • The junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane (Salford).
  • The junction of Regent Road and Oldfield Road (Salford).
  • The Mancunian Way, A56, A5067 roundabout.
  • The junction of Trinity Way and Hampson Street.
  • The junction of Hampson Street, East Ordsall Lane and Middlewood Street.

For more information about the scheme please visit Manchester City Council’s MSIRR webpage.

Travel advice:

On Monday 13 August, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be launching a bespoke Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route web page at tfgm.com/regent-road to help people plan their journeys while this work takes place.

The work to Regent Road is expected to cause delays on other nearby routes including the M602 and Mancunian Way, while surrounding routes – such as Chester Road, Princess Road, A580 East Lancs Road, Trinity Way, Hyde Road, Stockport Road and Ashton Old Road – will likely be much busier than usual.

The advice for motorists is to plan ahead, allow extra time for journeys, use public transport where possible and use alternative routes during the morning and evening peaks. Road users should avoid using the M602 to travel into the city centre if possible and use alternative city centre exits from the M60.

As mentioned, journey times for motorists will significantly increase, for example:

-          During the morning peak, travel into the city centre via the M602, Regent Road and on to the Mancunian Way is expected to increase from around 15-20 mins to at least 25-30 mins.

-          During the evening peak, journeys out of the city centre along the Mancunian Way, Regent Road and on to the M602 are expected to increase from around 20-25 mins to at least 40-45 mins.

Drivers should consider using public transport where it is an option – or consider cycling or walking if they are able to do so.

There are a number of Park and Ride sites across Greater Manchester (click here to view a map of the sites) that provide free and convenient access to both bus and tram services. While the work is taking place motorists may find it easier to park up at one of the following sites:

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Where possible, working from home could also be considered.

Click here to view a map which shows the expected cross-city journey times from the M60 while the work takes place. Also attached is a map showing the Park and Ride sites that currently have spaces available for use.

How can you help?:

To help people get around the city-region it’s important that information about the project is distributed far and wide. For that reason we’d be grateful if you could communicate details about the work, and the associated travel advice, to your staff, customers, visitors, delivery and servicing suppliers.

Contact details:

●       For more information about the work, including maps of the roads affected, visit Manchester City Council’s website at www.manchester.gov.uk/MSIRR

●       For the latest travel advice be sure to visit the TfGM website regularly at www.tfgm.com/regent-road and also follow on Twitter @OfficialTfGM

 We will be circulating further travel advice, and updating the webpage, the closer we get to the work starting, however, if you’d like to discuss this further or would like a face-to-face meeting with TfGM to discuss travel information please email us at communications@tfgm.com

Public to have their say on the future of city centre transport

Lee Howarth

Transport bosses and city council leaders are calling on the public to help them shape the future of transport in the city centre.

Manchester City Council and Salford City Council, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester, have today (8 August) launched a ten week conversation to find out what people who live and work in the city centre think of the current transport offering and what improvements they’d like to see delivered in the future.

The conversation presents those who know the city centre best with a real opportunity to let transport planners know what they think should be done to improve all aspects of travel in the city centre through the coming decade.

From major infrastructure such as a transformed Piccadilly Station and a possible Metrolink tunnel under the city through to high quality streets and public spaces with better air quality for cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities.

Feedback received from the ten-week conversation will go on to shape the next City Centre Transport Strategy to support further growth in city centre living, employment and visitor activity expected in the 2020s.

The last City Centre Transport Strategy, published in 2010, looked to the year 2020 and saw several major transport improvements delivered across the city centre, including: the Metrolink Second City Crossing, dedicated cross-city bus services as part of the wider Bus Priority Package, the transformation of the Oxford Road corridor, new and improved cycle infrastructure and improvements to public spaces like St Peter’s Square.

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport for Manchester City Council, said: "We want people's experience of the city centre to be as good as possible. That's why we are planning ahead to ensure we have a city centre transport network that supports a thriving, welcoming and sustainable Manchester.

"The phenomenal growth of the city centre in recent years has been a real success story – creating new jobs, places to live, amenities and attractions. It's a vibrant place where people want to be but this popularity comes with its own challenges. Ensuring Manchester remains a great place people will require us to change the way we plan, operate and think about transport.

"We want to keep improving our transport system but this means balancing ease of access to the city centre while ensuring it is a healthy and attractive place to live. We also need to make sure that solutions don't have a negative impact in areas neighbouring the city centre.

“Our message to anyone who uses the city centre is to get involved in the conversation about the big transport issues facing our city and help us ensure we get this balance right for the future."

Over the next 20 years, city centre employment levels are expected to rise to around 270,000 people, with up to 100,000 city centre residents. And, with over 7 million people living within a one hour commute, the need to develop new and innovative transport solutions is essential to supporting the long-term growth of the largest centre in the North of England.

Cllr Roger Jones, Salford City Council’s Executive for Transport, said: “Some key parts of Salford can now be considered as being part of the city centre, so I hope that people from Salford get involved in this conversation.

“Whether they travel by bus, tram, train, car or cycle, this presents us with a chance to create a strong case for further transport investment to be made on the Manchester and Salford border.

“The development of the next transport strategy is about supporting growth, enhancing quality of life, boosting pride of place and generating a greater sense of wellbeing. I hope that many Salfordians seize this opportunity and help to influence the future of transport on our doorstep.”

Simon Warburton, TfGM’s Transport Strategy Director, said: “The growth of the city centre has been a major factor in Greater Manchester’s success over the past 10-15 years.

“In recent years we’ve made big strides to help more people to travel by public transport and to take up cycling and walking, allowing the city centre to grow in a more sustainable and inclusive way. A new transport strategy for the city centre will allow us to be clear on our transport priorities for the future, as we prepare for the arrival of HS2 and the realisation of the Northern Powerhouse.

“We can’t rest on our laurels and I hope local residents, businesses and city centre workers will join us in developing a vision for even better city centre transport.”

Anyone wanting to take part in the conversation can do so by visiting the webpage or emailing your.city@tfgm.com before Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Findings from the conversation will be fed into the development of the draft City Centre Transport Strategy and then it is expected that a formal consultation on its proposals will take place next year.

Manchester and Salford inner relief route improvement scheme

Lee Howarth

A message from Manchester City Council

The Manchester Salford inner relief route is the main ring road around the city centre, including sections of Trinity Way, The Mancunian Way and Great Ancoats Street.

We know there are congestion problems, particularly the Dawson Street-Regent Road-Trinity Way-Water Street junction and the area around it. We are working with Salford Council to improve the junction so it can cope with the amount of traffic it gets. This will cut congestion in the area and on the ring road as a whole – getting people to where they want to be quicker.

It will be better for cyclists and pedestrians too. We will provide fully signalled pedestrian crossings and we’ll be keeping the bike routes through the junction, either as a cycleway or as a crossing shared with pedestrians.

The work will also mean new jobs and more investment for the city.

Work will start on Wednesday 29 August 2018 and is expected to last for up to 12 months. During this time all road users are advised that there will be a level of disruption and to allow additional time for any journeys made along this route. 

We’ll be improving six junctions:

  1. The junction of Dawson Street, Regent Road, Trinity Way and Water Street
  2. The junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane (Salford)
  3. The junction of Regent Road and Oldfield Road (Salford)
  4. The Mancunian Way, A56, A5067 roundabout
  5. The junction of Trinity Way and Hampson Street
  6. The junction of Hampson Street, East Ordsall Lane and Middlewood Street

See what we’ll do at each junction.

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