Update: road closures near Manchester campus

Cavendish Street Road Closure

As part of the Arts and Media Capital Development Project, the University has agreed with Manchester City Council that Cavendish Street will be closed from Monday 24th October to enable the Mabel Tylecote demolition.

Consequently, access will be restricted to all general traffic. Access to Ormond Street and Chatham Street will still be possible via Boundary Lane/Higher Cambridge Street, and two-way cycle lane and pedestrian access will be maintained.

See the local access map here: oxford-road-bus-priority-local-access-route-map_oct16

What is the Bus Priority package?

Since 2012, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Manchester City Council Highways have been making one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network for decades – with over 25 miles of the network being either created or improved.

Oxford Road is being transformed as part of the bus priority works into a new ‘boulevard’ environment which prioritises buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The introduction of ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes will make it easier and safer for cyclists to travel along the road – separating them from buses – and bus services along one of Europe’s busiest bus corridors will have shorter journey times and become more punctual and reliable.

Oxford Road will become a priority corridor for buses. A bus only section has now been added at Hathersage Road, known as a bus gate. Bus gates are new for Manchester city centre and are used to restrict general traffic access beyond a single point in the road so buses can operate more efficiently and punctually beyond them.

On Oxford Road it has meant general traffic heading into the city is now required to turn right at Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, 7 days-a-week. Find out more about the scheme here: http://www.tfgm.com/buspriority/Pages/website/routes-oxford-road.html

Full closure of Oxford Road between Hathersage Road and Booth Street starts on Saturday 22nd October

To enable further resurfacing to take place, Oxford Road will close in both directions between Hathersage Road and Booth Street from Saturday 22nd October until the early hours of Monday 31st October.

As well as enabling TfGM to carry out the work safely and efficiently, the full closure will allow  the opportunity to work in a number of locations, to maximise use of the closure. This will include works at the junctions of Nelson Street, Grafton Street and Dover Street.

Localised pedestrian management on the footway will be in place and full access to all your premises by foot will be maintained throughout.

See the local access map here: oxford-road-bus-priority-local-access-route-map_oct16

Road users from 22nd October

During the work, road users will be advised to follow the on-highway diversion signage that will be in place on adjoining roads.

TfGM are introducing the permanent restrictions for general traffic between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street and are encouraging drivers to familiarise themselves with the final scheme arrangement.

Booth Street

The physical works currently taking place on Booth Street are expected to be complete in late October 2016 and will go some way to alleviating the traffic congestion experienced since the work began. However, the temporary traffic signals will be maintained until the final signals are installed later this year.

Brunswick Street

Brunswick Street now has a permanent ‘No Entry’ restriction in place at the junction of Oxford Road. This prohibits all vehicles from turning into Brunswick Street from Oxford Road although access will still be maintained for cycles by means of a bypass lane.

See the local access map here: oxford-road-bus-priority-local-access-route-map_oct16

Work to implement this change is now underway and requires a temporary full closure of the junction until 22nd October.

Bus service diversions during work

All Oxford Road bus services will be affected by the full closure that comes into effect on 22nd October. Further information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Find out more

TfGM apologise if the work is causing any inconvenience and thank everyone for their continued patience during the delivery of these works.

A list of FAQs is available via the following link

For the latest information., follow TfGM on twitter @OfficialTfGM and search #OxfordRoad, or visit http://www.tfgm.com/buspriority/Pages/website/routes-oxford-road.html