Roads and public transport are expected to be busier than usual with a parade and sporting events making for a fun-filled Sunday (13 March).
The annual St Patrick’s Day parade, Trafford 10km road race (9-11.30am), closure of Manchester Victoria train station and a large away allocation for MUFC Vs West Ham FC (KO 4pm) will mean some local roads and transport are busy with thousands of visitors.
People are being encouraged to plan ahead and allow longer for their journeys, and use local park and rides and public transport to get to events where possible.
Extra trams will be running and there are fast and frequent services direct to Old Trafford and Manchester city centre.
The nearest stops for MUFC v West Ham FC are at Old Trafford (approx. 7 mins walk on Altrincham line) and Trafford Bar (approx. 10 mins walk on Altrincham, Manchester Airport and East Didsbury lines). The Exchange Quay (approx. 10 mins walk) or Salford Quays (approx. 12 mins walk) stops are also nearby (Eccles via MediaCityUK line). All stops are fully accessible. For a map showing walking routes to the stadium please click here.
There are free Park & Ride sites offering hundreds of free parking spaces for Metrolink customers travelling to Old Trafford at Sale Water Park, East Didsbury, Brooklands, Navigation Road, and Ladywell.
Metrolink services will continue to call at the Manchester Victoria stop as normal during the station’s closure to train services.
Visit the Metrolink website at www.metrolink.co.uk for travel advice, including a network map. Follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel advice, or call Metrolink Customer Services on 0161 205 2000.
For football fans heading to Old Trafford, services 250, 255, 256, 263 and X50 are all within walking distance of the ground and run to and from the main Piccadilly Gardens stops. Return services depart from the same locations.
The following bus services in the city centre will be diverted throughout the day due to road closures for the St Patrick’s Day Parade: 8, 10, 12, 26, 34, 36, 37, 38, 42, 50, 59, 67, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98, 100, 135, 149, 197, X34, X41, X43 and Metroshuttle services 1 and 2.
Bus service 247 will be diverted due to the Trafford 10K road race (see road closures below).
Anyone travelling by car is reminded of the following:
• part of the Mancunian Way is reduced to a two-lane contraflow, with a 20mph speed limit. The Mancunian Way will be closed from 8pm Sunday night until 6am Monday morning for improvement work.
• M60: as part of the Manchester Smart Motorways scheme there will be speed limits and lane narrowing from junction 8 on the M60 to junction 20 on the M62.
• Some city centre roads will be closed for the St Patrick’s Day parade.
• The following roads will be closed 9am to 11.30am for the Trafford 10K road race: Chapel Lane, Covershaw lane, Moss Lane, Sinderland Lane, Redhouse Lane, School Lane, Back Lane, Station Road, Henshall Lane, Sawpit Street and Gorsey Lane.
Motorists travelling into the city centre or to Old Trafford football ground are encouraged to consider using a Metrolink Park and Ride and catching a fast and frequent tram service to their destination.
Rail users are reminded that Manchester Victoria Station will be closed to train services on Sunday for improvement works.
Metrolink will continue to call at the station. Most train services will be diverted to other Manchester stations maintaining access to the city. Northern Trains have bus replacement services running from Stalybridge into Manchester Victoria, from Rochdale into Manchester Victoria and from Salford Crescent into Manchester Victoria.
Other services call at other Manchester stations.
For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com or call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays).
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