The work is scheduled to take 12 months to complete and during this time Regent Road will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction. As a result, journey times are expected to increase significantly, especially during the morning and evening peaks.
The six junctions set to be affected include:
- The junction of Dawson Street, Regent Road, Trinity Way and Water Street
- The junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane (Salford)
- The junction of Regent Road and Oldfield Road (Salford)
- The Mancunian Way, A56, A5067 roundabout
- The junction of Trinity Way and Hampson Street
- The junction of Hampson Street, East Ordsall Lane and Middlewood Street
If staff, students or parents/carers use these routes you may need to reassess your travel arrangements and/or allow more time for your journey, as delays are highly likely.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have launched a bespoke Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route webpage to help people plan their journeys while this work takes place.
The work to Regent Road is expected to cause delays on other nearby routes including the M602 and Mancunian Way, while surrounding routes – such as Chester Road, Princess Road, A580 East Lancs Road, Trinity Way, Hyde Road, Stockport Road and Ashton Old Road – will likely be much busier than usual.
The advice for motorists is to plan ahead, allow extra time for journeys, use public transport where possible and use alternative routes during the morning and evening peaks. Road users should avoid using the M602 to travel into the city centre if possible and use alternative city centre exits from the M60.
As mentioned, journey times for motorists will significantly increase, for example:
- During the morning peak, travel into the city centre via the M602, Regent Road and on to the Mancunian Way is expected to increase from around 15-20mins to at least 25-30mins
- During the evening peak, journeys out of the city centre along the Mancunian Way, Regent Road and on to the M602 are expected to increase from around 20-25mins to at least 40-45mins
Drivers should consider using public transport where it is an option – or consider cycling or walking if they are able to do so. There are a number of Park and Ride sites across Greater Manchester that provide free and convenient access to both bus and tram services.
For more information about the scheme, please visit Manchester City Council’s MSIRR webpage.