Portland Street closure to cause city centre transport disruptions

One of the main routes into Manchester city centre will be closed for the next two months for resurfacing works, resulting in the temporary relocation of bus stops for more than 50 bus services.

Portland Street will be closed between New York Street and Aytoun Street for up to four weeks from today, and due to the location of the road closure buses will be prevented from accessing Piccadilly Gardens for the duration of the works.

Passengers who normally get buses from Piccadilly Gardens, one of the main bus stations in Manchester, will be redirected to a series of temporary stops elsewhere in the city centre.

After four weeks, the bus station stops will reopen. Work on the remaining section of Portland Street will continue for a further five more weeks. The top section of Portland Street will be closed to through traffic during this period.

More detailed information on temporary bus stops is available on the TfGM website.

Metrolink services will not be affected and on-site staff and information signs will advise bus passengers whose service normally stops at Piccadilly Gardens which alternative stop they should use.

Once Portland Street reopens, it will be for buses, black cabs, emergency vehicles, deliveries and cyclists only between Minshull Street and Aytoun Street , with general traffic permanently re-routed.

The Portland Street works form part of Manchester City Council’s £1bn Grow project, which is focused on improving city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, and includes the Metrolink Second City Crossing, bus priority measures, six new cycling routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.

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I am not impressed it Oxford road,being a no go area for cars.Where are drivers supposed to go? This is another attack on the motorist in favour of the ‘Green fascists’ on two wheels,who pay nothing to use the roads they cause so much chaos on.

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