ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
On the 10th April 2016, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford will see about 12,000 runners run through the streets of Greater Manchester. This is a significant event not just for Manchester, but in the running calendar of the country. We do not hide the fact, that In order to facilitate an event of this size, we need to close some roads in order to allow the runners to move safely around the course and to make it safe for spectators to view the race.
The road closures in 2016 will be almost identical to those of the previous three years and full details of the road closures and times, and the actual traffic order can be downloaded via the links below.
Should you require more detailed information for a particular zone on the map, please follow the links below. Check the map to see which zone you are in and then click the link below.
Places to avoid unless you are a spectator
Experience over the past few years has shown that some locations are spectator hotspots and you should use the tram service to get to these locations and not attempt to get to them by car.
- A56 Chester Road (approach to finish)
- Brooklands Road / Marsland Road / Hope Road
- Timperely Village
At two main locations there are designated crossing points where traffic can cross the route of the race. These are operated by Traffic Management personnel and marshals. They are to help alleviate problems in moving from one area to another. YOU SHOULD HOWEVER EXPECT SEVERE DELAYS and this could extend to well in excess of an hour at peak runner times when it will not be possible to allow vehicles to cross the route.
The two major Crossing Points (where delays can be expected) are at:
B5213 Church Road (westbound) crossing to the B5158 Flixton Road (northbound)
This crossing point will be closed between 11.00 and 13.30
B5213 Stretford Road (westbound) crossing to the B5214 Station Road (northbound)
This crossing point will be closed between 11.15 and 13.45
These crossing points should only be used as a last resort. Where possible do not use your vehicle. If a journey is necessary and can be planned in advance, adjust your traveling times to be in or out of the affected area before the road closures come into place. Consider parking your car on the unaffected side of the route and walking a short distance rather than face delays. If you have to use one of the roads affected by a crossing point (see below) allow extra time for your journey. (In 2015 delays at busy times were up to 2 hours)
The A56 southbound will be closed:
- 06.30 – 11.00 Bridgewater Way to Green Street
- 11.00 - 16.00 Milton Road to Christie Road
- 09.00 – 14.00 Marsland Road to Woodhouse Lane
Traffic using the diversion route west on Edge Lane will not be able to use the A56 southbound until after 11.00. Alternatively use the outer diversion route shown below.
The A56 northbound will be closed:
- 06.30 – 11.00 Edge Lane to Bridgewater Way
- 06.30 - 16.00 Edge Lane to Davyhulme Road East
- 09.00 – 14.00 Park Road to Woodhouse Lane
There is access onto the A56 in both directions at various points both north and south bound (including on and off of the M60), but this is restricted by the above closures.
If you don’t need to use the A56, use the outer diversion route, A57 or A5103 Princess Road to avoid major disruption to your journey.
To help those people that need to make a journey on marathon day, we have put together a detailed diversion map to help you navigate around the road closures. The areas affected have been broken down by area and there are brief instructions for each of those areas directing you to a major road from where you can continue your journey.