The Council and democracy Northern Quarter closures and traffic-flow changes

Ducie Street

Ducie Street, Thomas Street, Dale Street and Edge Street works

Work is due to start from 4 January 2022. It will involve:

  • Removing all car parking from Edge Street but retaining the existing loading provision on Edge Street from 6am to 10am. Additional loading provision will also be available on Oak Street and High Street outside these times
  • During the restricted entry time ie: 10am to 6am the following day, there will be no entry to Oak Street from either Thomas Street or Edge Street, as currently exists. Access to Oak Street will be via Carpenter’s Lane and Copperas Street
  • Implementing a similar access system for deliveries etc to that on Thomas Street, whereby Edge Street will be fully closed off to traffic between the hours of 10am and 6am the following morning (ie: essential access between 6am and 10am for loading) 
  • Introducing chicanes on both Thomas Street and Edge Street to prevent vehicles being able to access at speed. A suitable weight limit will be introduced to match business needs and access restrictions, because of the introduction of the chicanes on Thomas Street and Edge Street and existing narrow access for Copperas Street and Carpenters Lane
  • Some sections of carriageway will be resurfaced, to allow creation of a 2-way cycle lane along the length of Thomas Street. This will include a cycle contraflow on Thomas Street at its junction with Tib Street to avoid conflicts with delivery vehicles entering Thomas Street through the chicane
  • Making Copperas Street two-way, ensuring there is 24hr access to Oak Street for residents and businesses. To make Copperas Street function for two-way movements we'll have to remove the existing two disabled and four pay and display bays and provide a short section of priority chicane where the road is too narrow for two vehicles to pass 
  • Introducing a weight limit on Copperas Street and Cooper Street (similar to that on Thomas Street) due to the narrow access
  • There will be disabled and car club spaces and loading bays on High Street and Oak Street
  • Resurfacing of footways, and some sections built out to allow additional space for pedestrians
  • Installing an uncontrolled crossing at either end of Hare Street, at the junction of Edge Street and Oak Street, and at the junction of Carpenters Lane and Oak Street
  • Guard rails will be used to protect designated pedestrian areas from traffic. Trees will be planted where space and services allow
  • Lighting columns and litter bins will be relocated as required. 

Access will be maintained at all times to businesses, residences, and to venues. If you have any specific queries or concerns, please email

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