The partial closure of the junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane is set to be lifted, as engineers prepare to start work on the next stage of the Regent Road improvement scheme.
Ordsall Lane will reopen southbound from its junction with Regent Road on the evening of Friday 21 December, ahead of the MSIRR scheme progressing to the Oldfield Road junction in January.
Work will continue at Ordsall Lane into the new year, but can be carried out without road closures until the road is resurfaced at the final stage.
The £15m scheme, which began in August 2018, is set for completion in summer 2019 and will see six major junctions along Regent Road significantly enhanced - increasing their capacity by up to 20 per cent, reducing congestion and boosting local air quality, while also ensuring a better route for pedestrians and cyclists.
Following the introduction of Saturday working in November, contractors are now on site for six days a week, a pattern which will continue through until the project is completed. As previously announced in October, works are set to finish at least one month ahead of the original twelve-month timescale, with the project team collaborating with contractors Dawnus to rephase elements of the scheme where possible.
More than 20,000 hours of work have been put into the scheme to date and engineers will continue to review all elements, to ensure the work is completed as quickly as possible, while also ensuring public safety.
During the works, a free recovery service is in place, to reduce delays by allowing any broken-down cars to be promptly assisted. Signs are provided on site, giving essential information for any motorists in need. 11 vehicles have been rescued for free to date.
From the evening of Friday 21 December, due to the construction industry's standard practice of closing down over the festive period, work on the MSIRR scheme will be necessarily paused for two weeks. With key suppliers closed for business, the materials and heavy machinery which would be required to allow work to continue over Christmas and the New Year will not be available to the team.
During this period, lane closures will be lifted on the inbound side of Regent Road and outbound on the Mancunian Way, with the remaining traffic management measures maintained for safety reasons and inspected daily ahead of work resuming on Monday 7 January.
The lane closures which will be temporarily lifted during the festive period are:-
Mancunian Way outbound (to just east of Water Street)
Regent Road outbound (west of Water St to Oldfield Road)
Regent Road inbound (Oldfield Road to Water St)
The improvement works are being carried out jointly by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council. The scheme has been agreed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority as one of its priorities for reducing congestion and is funded through the government’s Local Growth Fund.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “Good progress is being made with the vital scheme to enhance the key junctions along Regent Road for all road users. Once completed, these works will bring significant and lasting improvements to a major traffic pinch point – cutting congestion, improving air quality and providing cyclists and pedestrians with a better experience.
“As is true of all major roadwork projects, there's no way to deliver these improvements without causing an impact in the short term, but we're working hard with Salford City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to minimise disruption, provide advice to motorists, offer alternative travel options and ensure that the work is done in as timely and safe a manner as possible.
“It’s possible for motorists to reduce or even avoid impact on their journeys by planning ahead and we urge people to check for the latest TfGM advice before setting off.”
Councillor Roger Jones, executive support member for transport at Salford City Council, welcomed the reopening of the Ordsall Lane junction and thanked motorists for their patience to date. He said: “This is a welcome move and shows the work on this essential scheme to improve Regent Road for motorists is progressing well.”
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has been supporting the scheme by coordinating travel advice around major events and helping to provide additional public transport options, such as park and ride sites – all of which offer free parking and convenient access to both bus and tram services - while the work takes place.
Additional provision has been made available at three sites - the Etihad Campus, Ladywell (on Eccles New Road) and Sale - while First Manchester are providing additional express bus services during the morning and evening peak periods to the city centre from the A580 East Lancs Road Park and Ride site. This route is numbered V3 and a timetable can be found at firstgroup.com.
Motorists who use the city centre as a through route rather than it being their final destination are advised that it will be quicker to use the M60 during the roadworks. Others are being advised to allow extra time for journeys, especially at peak times, or to use alternative modes of transport or travel outside of peak periods if possible.
For detailed travel advice, please visit www.tfgm.com/regent-road.
For more information about the works, visit www.manchester.gov.uk/msirr.