A 9.1 million roadworks scheme will begin on Great Ancoats Street tomorrow, making it a no go area for commuters who want to be on time for work.
The work, which starts in the morning (Monday 13th January), will take place between the Oldham Road junction all the way along Great Ancoats Street as far as the Metrolink stop at Pollard Street.
The scheme aims to 'improve the look and feel' of the Great Ancoats street area for pedestrians and will connect Manchester city centre with Ancoats and New Islington in a much more natural way.
Over 70 trees will be planted in the scheme, with wider pavements being introduced along with clearer signage for simpler navigation to and from the city centre to Ancoats and the New Islington neighbourhood.
The scheme, funded by the Greater Manchester Growth Deal, will also implement new crossings on the busy inner city ring road, which will make it easier to cross at any time of the day.
From Monday 13 January, the main work will begin on Great Ancoats Street and will last for around 12 months. To find out how this scheme may affect your journey, visit https://t.co/6fs8XEurar for details on road closures and traffic management pic.twitter.com/QRCQzTeFCL— Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) January 8, 2020
The start of the scheme will see lane closures tomorrow morning on either side of the existing island on Oldham Road near to the junction of Great Ancoats Street.
This phase of the scheme will last for a month, ending at some point in mid February, before plans for brand new walking and cycling routes are executed.
Peter Boulton, TfGM’s head of highways, said: “Without a doubt, the transformation of some of the city’s key routes provides a real opportunity to improve journeys for millions of people in the long run.
“To help people get around while the work is carried out, we’ve been working closely with our council colleagues to develop travel advice for each of the upcoming schemes.
“While the work takes place, we’d advise those that use Great Ancoats Street to visit our new travel advice hub, to plan their journeys and explore alternative modes of travel.”
To find out more about the scheme, including the full timescale, click here – and make sure you avoid Great Ancoats Street for the next few weeks!