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June 2016

Bus priority package: changes to Oxford Road from 9 June

(5 June 2016)

From today (Monday 6 June), the section of Oxford Road between Hathersage Road and Denmark Road will be closed to all traffic for three days. During this time engineers will lay a brand new road surface in this location, with work due to finish on Wednesday 8 June. This work has been scheduled to bookend the existing project currently on site to install new segregated cycle lanes. Bus route diversions already in place for the University’s redevelopment works will remain unchanged and details can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website. Two-way cycle movements will be maintained during the surfacing works.

The completion of this section of work means that TfGM is able to implement the first stage of the permanent changes for general traffic.

From Thursday 9 June, drivers heading into the city on Oxford Road will be unable to travel past Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a week, and will instead need to reroute, by turning right on to Hathersage Road before continuing their journey along Upper Brook Street.

To accommodate the permanent changes to Oxford Road, Upper Brook Street has been improved to provide drivers with an alternative route. Local access to Oxford Road will be maintained from adjoining roads, and signage is in place to support navigation of the area.

The Oxford Road scheme will ultimately see a bus, hackney carriage, emergency vehicle and cycle- only corridor created between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street. As the work advances along the corridor, so will the rollout of further changes to access. Both TfGM and Manchester City Council will continue to communicate these prior to their introduction.

The work on Oxford Road marks a major landmark in the progress of the transformational Grow project. Grow will see more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including the Metrolink Second City Crossingbus priority measuressix new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.