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Eccles traffic at standstill: Gridlock again towards M60

Traffic is bumper to bumper on Liverpol Road heading out of Eccles towards Peel Green and the M60 roundabout at Junction 11.

There are not thought to have been any accidents causing the long delays.

Rather, it’s believed to be down to general congestion which has plagued rush-hour drivers in Salford over the past weeks and months.

Large amounts of traffic is coming from the north as Salford Red Devils play St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium tonight, further down the A57 on the Barton Stretch.

Kick off is 8pm.

Drivers are now reporting delays increasing to over an hour.

Traffic is moving freely in the opposite direction back towards Eccles town centre.

SalfordOnline.com reporter Rob Siddall said: “I was on the bus heading out of Eccles, and it took us half an hour to move around 500 yards.

“The traffic is just at a standstill.

“I’ve just got off the bus to walk, there’s no point.”

Salford City Council decided to close Barton Road on Monday 8 February to carry out towpath repairs on the Bridgewater Canal. All traffic is re-routed around the closure, heading towards the M60, further along Liverpool Road.

The only way for larger vehicles, emergency crews and double-decker buses to get from the Eccles side to the Barton Bridge towards the Trafford Centre is to take the signed diversion down Peel Green Road.

Read: Prepare for six weeks of delays as council close Barton Road

The section highlighted in red on the map below is shut to all traffic.

The alternative route is coloured green.


Two weeks ago the same kind of delays saw school-run parents and commuters stuck in traffic for hours.

One SalfordOnline.com reader even posted a picture of a bus doing a three-point turn as long delays on Liverpool Road stretched into the night.

First Bus driver does a U-turn - by Mary Mannion

First Bus driver does a U-turn – by Mary Mannion

96 per cent of people surveyed recently by local MP Barbara Keeley said their journey times had increased due to serious congestion.


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