Manchester is hosting the Conservative Party Conference from Sunday 29 September to Wednesday 2 October 2019 at Manchester Central.
Motorists are advised that a number of road closures will be in operation surrounding the conference venue. Diversions will be in place and motorists travelling into the city centre during the conference are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time.
The roads affected are as follows:-
From Wednesday 25 September 18:00
- Lower Mosley Street inbound (from Great Bridgewater Street to Windmill Street) except for access to Bishopsgate and Manchester Central NCP car park
- Mount Street (between Windmill Street and Peter Street)
- Windmill Street (between Lower Mosley Street and Watson Street)
- Southmill Street (between Windmill Street and Peter Street)
- Museum Street
From Thursday 26 September 18:30
- Peter Street (between Southmill Street and Oxford Street)
- ACCESS ONLY TO: Oxford Street (between Portland Street and Peter Street)
- ACCESS ONLY TO: Hall Street and Bale Street
From Saturday 28 September 18:00
- Peter Street (between Deansgate and Southmill Street)
- Southmill Street (between Windmill Street and Bootle Street)
- Marron Place
- Jerusalem Place
- Lower Mosley Street inbound (from Manchester Central NCP car park and Great Bridgewater Street)
After the conference, the removal of road restrictions will begin Wednesday 2 October (pm) and finish on Friday 4 October.
Two major protests are scheduled to take place in the city centre on Sunday 29 September. Respecting the right to protest, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police are working in partnership with the organisers to facilitate a safe event for participants, while minimising the impact of hosting the event on the local community. Both protests will set off at different staged times from the Oxford Road area and make their way to Deansgate.
A march organised by the People’s Assembly starts at All Saints Park, with a route that takes in Oxford Road, Chepstow Street, Albion Street, Whitworth Street West and Deansgate, ending with a rally on Victoria Street adjacent to Manchester Cathedral. The march is due to assemble from noon, setting off at 1pm, with the rally taking place from approximately 2 - 4pm.
A second march is being organised by Manchester For Europe and March For Change, with a start point on Oxford Road at Booth Street and a route that takes in Oxford Road, Chepstow Street, Albion Street, Whitworth Street West, Deansgate and Liverpool Road. The march is due to assemble from 2pm, set off at approximately 3pm with a rally at Castlefield Arena from approximately 4 – 5:30pm.
The organisers will steward their participants and GMP is deploying officers to support the management of the demonstrations.
To facilitate the marches, a number of road closures will be implemented from 9am at different phases, with a targeted reopening of around 5pm. Stewards will staff the key closures and will facilitate access and egress for residents and businesses in the area where practical and safe to do so.
To facilitate set up for the demonstrations, Oxford Road between Charles Street and Grafton Street will be closed from 9am. Closures to the rest of the route will be implemented from noon. All parking bays directly on the route path will be suspended on the day. It is hoped that route closures will be able to be lifted between 4 - 5pm.
For further travel information, please visit www.tfgm.com/travel-updates/conservative-party-conference-2019.