Oxford Road closure: travel update

Dear Colleagues

Please be aware that forthcoming highway works on Oxford Road will result in local road closures which may affect your daily commute. The following update provides information about the works to allow you to plan your journey in advance.

The reopening of Brook Street on Sunday 12 February provides an opportunity for work to be undertaken on Oxford Road. Consequently between Monday 13 February and Friday 17 March there will be closures and restrictions in place between Booth Street and Whitworth Street.

A breakdown of the work that will be carried out during this time is as follows:

Monday 13 February to Friday 17 March: 

  • Full road closure between Booth Street and Charles Street
  • One-way running in place between Charles Street and Whitworth Street for inbound traffic only – until Saturday 25 February

From Monday 13 February until Friday 17 March, inclusive, Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street and Charles Street. The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by this closure and will remain open to help with east to west movements across the corridor, however, it should be noted that weekend closures of Charles Street will take place, more detail below. Furthermore, to enable the bus priority works, a one-way operation will be introduced between Charles Street and Whitworth Street, allowing inbound traffic only until Saturday 25 February, inclusive.

 

Sunday 26 February to Monday 6 March:

  • Extension of full road closure – Booth Street to Whitworth Street
  • Weekend junction closures – Charles Street and Hulme Street on 26 February and 4/5 March

To enable final resurfacing work to take place the full closure will be extended meaning that Oxford Road will be closed to all traffic between Booth Street and Whitworth Street.

To help with east to west movements across the corridor, the junctions of Booth Street and Charles Street will remain open throughout except when weekend resurfacing is taking place on Sunday 26 February and the weekends of 4 and 5 March when they will close.

 

Plan ahead and know your options:

Colleagues are advised to plan journeys in advance. The closure of Oxford Road is expected to impact bus passengers more so than motorists given that most are already using Upper Brook Street.

Travel advice and more information about the work is available on the TfGM website at www.tfgm.com/city-centre-works

 

Bus gate update:

From Monday 13 February, Manchester City Council will begin introducing the next section of bus priority restrictions. You will notice that signs marking the extended boundaries of the bus priority zone will be uncovered. These are the bus gates beyond which restrictions will apply to general traffic.  The current restrictions, which require drivers to turn right onto Hathersage Road, will then extend as far as Booth Street and operate in both directions. These new restrictions will limit access to Oxford Road from adjoining routes such as Denmark Road. With the new layout for Oxford Road between Hathersage Road and Booth Street now in place, it means bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists can start taking advantage of the benefits of the transformation immediately.

For drivers the bus gates mark the start of the priority zone for buses, cyclists and hackney carriages between the hours of 6am and 9pm, 7 days-a-week.

The unveiling of the signs means general traffic is prohibited from travelling between Hathersage Road and Booth Street in either direction – and liable to fines for contravening the restrictions.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Travel Team (stafftravel@mmu.ac.uk)

Kind regards

Travel Team