The first week back after the festive break promises to be an extremely busy time, not only for the ongoing transformation of Oxford Road, but also for other developments that are taking place across the City.
The two primary areas of work involve the closure of Oxford Road between Booth Street and Charles Street from the 4th January and Bruntwood’s full closure of Brook Street to carry out utility work for the redevelopment of the old BBC site (known as Circle Square) from Monday 9th January. Please see the following Map.
Colleagues are advised to plan journeys in advance as travel times for drivers and bus passengers are likely to be adversely affected throughout January and into February, particularly at the peak travelling times and especially in the evening.
The transformation of the Oxford Road Corridor – Wednesday 4th January to Sunday 8th January
Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) work to transform one of Europe’s busiest bus corridors is nearing completion, however, more work is required in early 2017 to complete this major project.
From Wednesday 4th January through to Sunday 8th January, inclusive, further resurfacing of the Corridor will require it to be closed from the junction of Booth Street up to just south of the Charles Street junction. This closure will ensure that work can be carried out safely and efficiently. This will mostly affect local traffic due to the operational bus gate now in place between Hathersage Road and Denmark Road. While east to west crossings of the corridor will still be possible along Booth Street there will likely be a knock-on effect on surrounding roads.
The closure will retain local access only to Brancaster Road traveling south on Oxford Road from Charles Street. Grosvenor Street will also be closed at its junction with Oxford Road. This is necessary to ensure that the work can be carried out safely and efficiently. Once complete on Monday morning (9th January), the road will reopen. Access will be maintained for movements on Grosvenor Street and Sidney Street by temporarily reversing the one-way on Sidney Street and allowing access from Grosvenor Street, through and back onto Oxford Road (northbound).
Diversion signs will be in place advising road users and cyclists of alternate routes to use during the work. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
More information about TfGM’s transformation of the Oxford Road Corridor can be found at www.tfgm.com/oxfordroad
Redevelopment of the former BBC site on Oxford Road – Monday 9th January to Sunday 12th February
Following completion of TfGM’s resurfacing work on Oxford Road, Bruntwood’s redevelopment of the former BBC site, or Circle Square as it’s now known, will require the full closure of Brook Street – between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street – in order to carry out essential utility connections.
This closure will come into effect from Monday 9th January through to Sunday 12th February, inclusive.
TfGM has put travel advice on their website at www.tfgm.com/city-centre-works and are advising anyone who regularly uses this route to familiarise themselves with the work in advance. Manchester City Council’s Highways Team will be signposting a diversion route for drivers but it is expected that this area will be busier than usual during this period.
Metrolink’s Second City Crossing and permanent new traffic priorities – Sunday 8th January
Alongside the transformation of the Oxford Road corridor, another major project, Metrolink Second City Crossing, is also nearing completion and from 8th January, there will be permanent changes to City Centre roads to ensure trams, buses, cars and bikes can share the space with each other. The changes mostly affect Princess Street and Cross Street.
While drivers will be used to restrictions and diversions imposed during the construction of the tram tracks, the introduction of new and permanent changes in the City as well as the closure of Brook Street for work could combine to exacerbate congestion on already-busy routes, especially as both occur around the same time.
TfGM has put more information about what’s happening on our website at www.tfgm.com/city-centre-works.
Network Rail’s Ordsall Chord investment – Sunday 18th December to Monday 2nd January
Network Rail will be carrying out engineering works over the Christmas period on part of the rail network that serves Manchester City Centre stations.
It is the latest phase of their £1 billion investment locally, which includes the Ordsall Chord rail link between Manchester’s Victoria and Piccadilly stations, opening up network capacity and supporting the regional economy.
The work will take place between Sunday 18th December and Monday 2nd January and will affect many train services which run to or through Manchester Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations. The work includes removing and replacing the bridge at Water Street, strengthening the Castlefield viaduct, laying new track and realigning existing track as well as adding overhead line equipment and signals. Roads around where the rail work is taking place – Trinity Way, Water Street, Liverpool Road – will be affected by local diversions.
Network Rail has planned the work so it results in minimal disruption over what is traditionally a quieter time of the year for commuter journeys.
TfGM have created a journey planning page on their website to help people stay on the move during the works which can be found here: www.tfgm.com/ordsall-chord
For more information about the work itself, the Network Rail website has more information at www.networkrail.co.uk/ordsallchord
Plan ahead and know your options
The Travel Team would advise all colleagues travelling back into the City after the festive break is to be aware of changes and to reduce the risk of being affected by congestion by planning ahead. Subject to the closures, a number of primary roads in proximity to the campus will be busier and journey times will be impacted so we are urging colleagues to plan ahead and to explore alternative routes.
TfGM will be updating information via: www.tfgm.com/city-centre-works.
Alternatively please do not hesitate to contact the Travel Team if you require any further information via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 247 2989