Manchester City Council

Widening work gives Mancunian Way HGV boost

HGVs can now use the Mancunian Way again following works to improve traffic flow.

Work took place last week to widen the lanes in the contraflow section between London Road and Fairfield Street. 

Part of the road’s eastbound carriageway has been closed since part of the carriageway collapsed last year and United Utilities are continuing complex work to move a damaged sewer beneath the road. HGVs have been banned from using the contraflow because it was too narrow for them to use.

The work to accommodate HGVs has been made possible because the original area of the collapse has now been filled in and stabilised, allowing temporary pipework to be moved and the contraflow to be widened. 

Councillor Kate Chappell, Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council, said: “We are continuing to work closely with United Utilities so that the Mancunian Way can be reopened as quickly as possible.

“But this is the last in the series of measures to ensure that we do all we can to promote smooth traffic flow while the contraflow remains in place.

“Enabling HGVs to use the Mancunian Way again will mean they can use the ring road again rather than having to travel through the city centre, helping to reduce congestion, and is a welcome development.” 

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