Important information: Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme – potential disruption to travel for 12 months
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.
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:
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.
● 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 firstname.lastname@example.org