Trafford Road, which is one of the main routes to the centre is undergoing large scale roadworks in 2021. These roadworks could affect your journey time so please ensure you are aware of the up to date information. 

For up to date information please check out TFGM’s dedicated Trafford road page:

Information taken from TFGM (27th March)

Advice for drivers

Although the main improvement works aren’t due to start until March, some pre-works have now begun. This will involve 24-hour lane closures that could impact on your journey.

🚧 – The Quays is now reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction up until the junction of Furness Quay.

🚧 – From 22 March – There will be a reduction to one lane of traffic in both directions on Trafford Road from the junction of Trafford Road Bridge to Ordsall Lane.

⛔ There are also some banned turns in place:

  • No right turn into Ordsall Lane
  • No right turn into Merchants Quay
  • No right turn into Clipper Quay.

🟠 The works are causing minor delays. Allow an extra 10 minutes for your journey in the morning between 8-9am.

🟢 This page will continue to be updated throughout the works, giving you alternative travel options and the best times to travel – To improve your journey.

Cycling 🚴 & Walking 🚶

During the works, local and shorter trips may be quicker by walking/cycling.

Walking and cycling are a great way to improve physical and mental health.

There are cycle hubs located across the region, including a 300-space one at MediaCityUK

In order to protect people, ease pressure on our public transport system and keep traffic moving, we’re encouraging everyone to walk and cycle where possible – especially for shorter trips.

We’ve got loads of handy tips and advice available to help you give it a go

If travelling from or towards the Trafford area remember there is a segregated cycle lane on the A56 Chester Road that links Sale to Old Trafford.

Alternative travel

Public transport is safe to use, however it should be used for essential journeys only. Consider active travel options such as cycling and walking especially for shorter journeys.

Metrolink 🚈

On weekdays, all Metrolink lines will run at a 10-minute frequency until 7pm when they will then operate every 20 minutes.

  • If you travel before 7am there is an Early Bird ticketing offer. Click here for more information.

There is also a new ticketing offer which offers more flexible travel on Metrolink. Click here for more information.

If you’re travelling from west Manchester, considering using a free Metrolink Park and Ride including Parkway on the newly opened Trafford Park Line.

  • Ladywell 250 spaces – 25-minute journey to the City Centre
  • Parkway 50 spaces – 15 minute journey to the City Centre (via Cornbrook)

Click here for a graph showing the best times to travel on the tram

Bus 🚌

Bus services will still operate during these works but there might be minor delays at times.

The 53 bus serves Cheetham Hill – Higher Crumpsall – Old Trafford – Pendleton.

Customers in the area can also take the 50 service which serves East Didsbury – Burnage – Birchfields – Salford – The Lowry. Board and alight the service on Broadway.

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