Manchester motorists urged to plan ahead for ‘essential maintenance’ works at start of new year

The programme of works is set to bring disruption for nine whole weeks.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 18th December 2023

Motorists in Manchester are being urged to plan ahead for ‘essential works’ arriving at the start of the new year.

As part of what is Manchester City Council‘s ongoing scheme of essential bridge maintenance that’s currently happening across the city region, it’s now been confirmed that a nine-week programme of works will take place as soon as 2024 arrives.

This means that a series of lane closures are planned for Mancunian Way, and a number of other bridges in the borough, for more than two months starting from the evening of Sunday 7 January 2024.

Works are scheduled to take place on Mancunian Way, Freeman Street, and Bonsall Bridge.

According to the Council, while the Mancunian Way will only be affected by lane closures, rather than a complete closure of the road, both the Bonsall Street Bridge – which is only accessible for buses, cyclists, and pedestrians – and the Freeman Street Footbridge, will be subject to full closures.


This is based on “the scope of works required for them”, Councillors say.

Manchester motorists urged to plan ahead for ‘essential maintenance’ works at the start of 2024 / Credit: Manchester City Council

Specialised investigations for each bridge structures are set to take place, which involves works such as running surfaces, waterproof membranes, tension cables, and anchoring points.


On Mancunian Way, lane closures are expected for up to four weeks from Sunday 7 January, while on the Freeman Street Bridge (Princess Street), there’s set to be a full closure for up to two weeks from 5 February, and then over on Bonsall Bonsall Bridge (Princess Street), there’ll be a full closure for up to three weeks from 19 February.

The Council is warning motorists that there’ll be “heavier levels of traffic” across the city centre while these works are carried out.

“We understand that this period of work may be disruptive,” explained Councillor Tracey Rawlins, who is the Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Manchester City Council.


“However, these inspection works are vital and we will endeavour to complete them as quickly as possible, [as] safety is and will remain our top priority, and we must ensure that our roads and bridges remain safe to use and drive on.

“During this time, there will of course be heavier levels of traffic, especially during peak periods, so I would ask people to please plan ahead.”

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Manchester City Council has confirmed that signage will be installed in all affected locations to “advise motorists and pedestrians of the closures in advance of works commencing”, and also, where applicable, what diversions will be in place.

Find out more about all the scheduled works here.

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