Oxford Road bridge

Oxford Road bridge demolition begins next week

Part of Oxford Road will close from next week for a month to allow the demolition of the University of Manchester precinct centre bridge, as part of the £50m redevelopment of Manchester Business School.

Oxford Road will be closed to through traffic between Booth Street East and Hathersage Road from the early hours of Monday 10 August for four weeks until Sunday 6 September.

Manchester Business School retailThe Manchester Business School project is being delivered by the university in partnership with Bruntwood. The first phase is currently under construction to deliver a new hotel and enhanced executive education centre, while phase two focuses on the redevelopment of the precinct centre.

The precinct will be reconfigured to create up to 14 units with glazed frontages onto Oxford Road. The units will deliver a mix of retail, food and leisure. The link bridge is being removed to improve views and increase light levels.

The development is due to open in summer 2016.

Oxford Road users are advised to expect some delays and allow longer for their journeys. Pedestrian access will be maintained and access to the campus will still be available to vehicles on university business or with other local businesses.

Road works continue on Oxford Road between Moss Lane East and Hathersage Road meaning some localised lane narrowing and temporary closures.

Transport for Greater Manchester said it would be monitoring the road network in real-time and adjusting traffic signals to reduce any congestion, and that all work had been scheduled during the quieter summer period to minimise the impact on drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Diversions will be clearly signposted and information will be posted at affected bus stops.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com.

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