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Bus priority package: Permanent changes to Oxford Road from Thursday 9 June

bus priorityFrom Monday 6 June, the section of Oxford Road between Hathersage Road and Denmark Road will be closed to all traffic for three days.

During this time engineers have been laying a brand new road surface in this location with work due to finish on Wednesday 8 June. This work has been scheduled to bookend the existing project currently on site to install new segregated cycle lanes. Bus route diversions which have already been in place for the University of Manchester's redevelopment works will remain unchanged until Thursday 9 June (after this services will return to their usual routes) and details can be found on the TfGM website. Two-way cycle movements will be maintained during the surfacing works.

From Thursday 9 June drivers heading into the city on Oxford Road will be unable to travel past Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, 7 days-a-week, and will instead need to reroute, by turning right on to Hathersage Road before continuing their journey along Upper Brook Street.

To accommodate the permanent changes to Oxford Road, Upper Brook Street has been improved to provide drivers with an alternative route. Local access to Oxford Road will be maintained from adjoining roads and signage in place to help everyone navigate the area.

Oxford Road will ultimately become a bus, hackney carriage, emergency vehicle and cycle only route between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street (between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a week). As work advances so too will the rollout of further changes to access for general traffic. Both TfGM and Manchester City Council will continue to communicate these prior to their introduction.

The work on Oxford Road marks a major landmark in the progress of the transformational Grow project. Grow will see more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including the Metrolink Second City Crossing, bus priority measures, six new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.

You can find out more about the Oxford Road scheme at www.TfGM.com/OxfordRoad.