Here at Duffy Motors we fully appreciate that many of our customers spend their working day out on the road, continually frustrated by the roadworks going on in and around Manchester. So we thought it might help those customers if we penned an overview of the highway improvements currently being undertaken in Greater Manchester in 2020, so those drivers are informed as best as possible, and able to make alternative arrangements, and thereby plan other routes:
1 Great Ancoats Street
The A665, better known as Great Ancoats Street, is one of the main arterial roads in Manchester. Moving forwards, there will be changes to the area under the Great Ancoats Scheme, but more particularly, a building on the street was recently deemed to be unsafe, causing road closures on Rochdale Road. Roadworks have seen delays of around half an hour in peak times, largely between 7-10am and 3.30-7pm. These works have significantly increased journey times, with keys roads affected including the northbound Trinity Way, between Chapel Street and Cheetham Hill Road, as well as both directions of the the Rochdale Road, Miller Street and Angel Street, between Dantzic Street and Rochdale Road.
Work is currently underway and will carry on until much later in the year, and drivers are advised to try the Alan Turing Way (A6010) to bypass the queues.
2 Hyde Road (A57)
Four lanes reduce to two on Hyde Road, between Far Lane and Wall Way in Gorton. The council were planning a full road closure in late February, but while that has been postponed, there are still half hour queues because of these on-going works.
This is likely to last for the rest of the year, impacting Gorton, Longsight, Reddish, Denton and Hyde. Again, it’s suggested drivers try to look for alternative routes.
3 Swinton Roadworks
Gas replacement works have been deemed essential and are currently taking place at the junction between Partington Lane and Station Road on the Chorley Road (A6) in Swinton. Temporary signals are now controlling traffic in all four directions. As ever, delays are most keenly felt during the morning rush hour, particularly facing drivers heading east, affecting Swinton itself, but also Newtown and Moorside and other local areas.
Look to avoid the area if at all possible, although the good news here is that works are expected to conclude in March.
4 Trafford Road, Salford (A5063)
Off-peak works are currently taking place from 9.30am-3.30pm, between Regent Road roundabout and Ordsall Lane on the Trafford Road in Salford. Site clearance means lanes will variously be closed off in different directions. So far, delays have only been in the region of five minutes, however the full-time works begin in the summer and at that point lanes may be subject to closure at all times throughout the day.
5 Broadway Green (A663)
The northbound side of the A663, heading towards Chadderton, has been subject to lane closures, from Newman RC College to the junction of Hunt Lane. At the moment delays are only impacting drivers in the morning rush hours, between Middleton Road and the M60, and they have tended to be a manageable five minutes.
Works will take place until October, so if this is your commute, bear that in mind, with Chadderton, Oldham and Hollinwood all affected.
6 Princess Road roundabout (A5103)
The Council are looking to improve this roundabout, which can be a bottleneck in the city. At the moment only preparatory work has been taking place, however that is likely to be stepped up any time now, which will turn minor delays into more significant issues, affecting both Hulme and the city centre, particularly Medlock Street and Princess Road.
7 Chorlton Road, between Chester Road roundabout & Stretford Road
The affected area is the the junction of Royce Road and Chorlton Road, where temporary signals are in place during peak hours (7am-10am and 3.30pm-6pm). So far delays are estimated at a reasonable two minutes for those commuters heading south on Chorlton Road, and it is hoped that works will, in any case, end soon. However, to avoid any possible hold ups, try the Chester Road (A56).
8 Stockport Road (A6), between Mitre Road and St John’s Road
The Council are improving the A6 in Longsight, which can again form a bottleneck on an important route into the city centre from the south. The Council anticipate the works will assist cycling and walking in Longsight, as well as reducing congestion and beefing up road capacity. All of that, of course, is the good news, but in the meantime there are knock-on effects for Longsight, Levenshulme, Rusholme and Belle Vue. Works will last until August.
9 M602, between Junctions 1-3
Problems have been detected with the crash barrier in the central reservation of the M602, between Junctions 1 and 3. Highways England are currently carrying out works to fix the barrier, firstly the stretch between Junctions 2 and 3, and then 1 and 2. These works are currently on-going and will continue until May of this year. The roadworks have impacted the M602 itself, between Junction 12 of the M60 and the Regent Road roundabout (A57) but also stretching into Salford, Eccles, Swinton and Worlsey. As ever, the delays are most keenly felt in peak times – 7-10am and 3.30pm-7pm, weekdays. Expect longer journey times, notably northbound on Trinity Way, between Chapel St and Cheetham Hill Road.
So, nine bits of bad news! But let’s hope this information will help you plan alternative routes as you travel around Manchester in your car or van. And that – ultimately – these works will help improve Manchester’s road network, moving forwards.