Final phase of city centre transport works set for January
The Bus Priority Package is entering its final phase as works near completion on Oxford Road in the New Year.
By the end of April, the final piece of the city centre transport improvement project will be finished, marking more than three years of Project Grow – the £1bn investment in the region’s transport systems, including Metrolink’s Second City Crossing, the Bus Priority Package, better cycle routes, and major rail improvement works.
Commuters are being asked to look out for regular travel updates, plan their journeys and consider alternative modes of transport, as some highway congestion in the area will be inevitable. The short term disruption will lead to long-term improvements on Manchester’s roads.
From 9 January, utility works to service Circle Square, a development on the former BBC site by joint venture partners Bruntwood and Select Property Group, will take place on Brook Street – between Upper Brook Street and Princess Street – lasting approximately four weeks.
This will be followed by work on Oxford Road to allow the completion of the Bus Priority Package that will mean people will enjoy quicker, more punctual and more reliable bus services on one of Europe’s busiest bus routes.
A large part of the Oxford Road improvement works have already been completed. The new boulevard-style roads and Dutch-style cycle lanes will help buses operate more reliably, while creating a safer environment for cyclists.
A new concept for Greater Manchester, the Bus Gate on Oxford Road has also been operation since in June, stopping general traffic beyond Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm so buses can operate more efficiently through the route.
During the works, diversions will be in place to help reduce the impact on their journey.
Additional signage, road markings and bollards will be put in place to help drivers – and pedestrians and cyclists – adapt to the changes.
Information about the work and alternative routes will be available on the TfGM website.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and for over three years we have been creating the necessary infrastructure that will help redesign Manchester as a world-class, 21st century city. We’ve undertaken all this work now to allow the growth to happen to ensure the city is ready for a growing business base and population growth.
“January will see the start of work on the last segment of Oxford Road, improving bus journey time, creating a safe route into the city centre for cyclists, while making sure the area is pleasant for pedestrians.”
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “Our work to extend Metrolink across the city centre, deliver quicker, more reliable bus journeys and provide a more inviting environment for cyclists and pedestrians has been a major undertaking.
“On behalf of the people who will be able to take advantage of this investment very soon – some of whom will have been affected by its construction – I welcome the fact we are finally at the completion phase.”
More information about Project Grow can be found here
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