Large section of Manchester ring road closed this week for tower demolition

Peter McDermott / Geograph

An ‘unsafe’ tower block in Manchester city centre is being demolished this week – leading to a large part of Trinity Way ring road being closed off until Friday evening.

Work began on removing the ‘structurally unsound’ building on Monday (14 September) – with stretches of tarmac shut in both directions between Blackfriars Road and Great Ducie Street.

The closures will be in place between 9:30am 3.30pm until Saturday (19 September).

According to the Manchester Evening News, the block of flats has had to be partly removed by developers Property Alliance Group (PAG) due to an engineering issue.

PAG requested the road closure following a consultation with the council and residents.

Great Ducie Street / Stephen McKay / Geograph

Demolition work has already resulted in lengthy delays in the area, with drivers being urged to find alternative routes in and out of the city centre.

In a statement, the council said: “An emergency road closure will be in effect from Monday, September 14, for a period of five days between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm on the following section of highway: Trinity Way, Salford, both directions between the junctions of Blackfriars Road and Great Ducie Street, Manchester.

“The emergency off peak closures are required to enable the safe demolition of a structurally unsound building adjacent to the carriageway.”

More information is available on the TfGM website.