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Travel advice for sporting Sunday

People planning journeys in Bolton, South Manchester or Salford today (4 September) are encouraged to plan in advance in light of several sporting events taking place.

The Manchester 100 Bike Ride, the Bolton Community Half Marathon and the UKFast City of Salford 10k events will all take place this morning and will involve a number of road closures and diversions.

Buses, trains and trams are also expected to be busier as participants and spectators head to the start lines.

Manchester 100 Bike Ride

The Manchester 100 Bike Ride event will start and finish at Wythenshawe Park, with the 100-mile trail going through Manchester and out to Cheshire. The start times will run from 8.15am to 9am. Last year’s event saw more than 3,000 riders take part. People travelling in the area should expect local roads to be busier at the start and during the afternoon finish.

Bolton Community Half Marathon

The half marathon will start at Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, at 10am and is expected to last for three hours. There will be a number of road closures and bus service diversions in place throughout central Bolton, Lostock and Westhoughton areas. Roads and rail services are expected to be busier than normal so please allow extra time to travel.

UKFAST City of Salford 10k

This race will start at 10.15am from the MediaCity Plaza on Sunday and will result in a number of road closures in the Trafford Park and Salford areas between 9am and 1pm. There will also be diversions to a number of bus services in the area and the roads and Metrolink services are expected to be busier than usual.

Drivers are being advised to allow more time to travel and to use public transport wherever possible.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be monitoring roads and making any changes needed to traffic signals to support traffic flows, making travel easier. Diversions will be signposted and messages will be displayed on roadside variable messaging signs.

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).

For more information on Metrolink services visit www.metrolink.co.uk, call Metrolink Customer Services on 0161 205 2000 or follow @MCRMetrolink for live travel updates.

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