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Major Sporting Events To Affect Transport

Busy services and roads expected ahead of two sporting events this week

Written by . Published on July 31st 2013.

Major Sporting Events To Affect Transport

DELAYS are expected across a number of public transport services and roads around Manchester this coming week with two major sporting events hitting the city.

25,000 people are expected for each day of the third Ashes test at Old Trafford Cricket Ground from Thursday 1 August to Monday 5 August and 15,000 cyclists are expected for Sky’s Ride Manchester on Sunday 4 August.

Metrolink will be running extra double trams to Old Trafford tram station for the period of The Ashes test around the expected start and finish times of 11am and 6.30pm. Passengers are advised that the Trafford Bar and Firswood tram stops are also just a short walk away from the cricket ground.

For the Sky Ride Manchester event, roads will be closed in and around the city centre, with the ride taking place between 10am and 4pm on a traffic free route between Sackville Park (Village) and the National Cycling Centre.

Bus services 53, 76, 77, 78, 216, 217, 218, 219, 231, Transpeak and Metroshuttle services will be affected and divert around the area.

Look here for a map of Sunday’s cycle route.

Road closures are available here or by calling 0161 234 5200.

Full information on public transport in Greater Manchester is available from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus any network charges). 

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 31st 2013.

All someone has to do is cough on our METRO system & will be a delay......Rubbish service run by people who have never seen the great networks in other parts of Europe..JOKE!!

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Dave MartinJuly 31st 2013.

The article could be clearer but the implication seems to be that delays will occur on some bus services due to roads being closed to host Skyride, not affecting Metrolink where some extra services will be laid on for the cricket. Now, deep breath... and relax

AnonymousJuly 31st 2013.

Oh no, test match cricket back at Old Trafford. Hasn't it been bliss the past few years, not having to put up with those "grumbling" national media cricket commentators & journos "wishing they weren't here" in rain-sodden, gloomy Manchester? Slagging off the ugly pitch, the ground, the rain, the bad light, the foul mouthed crowd, the stream of drunken pitch invaders, the basic ugliness of the place etc etc. This isn't their England you know. Ashes whitewash? A Manchester washout more like!

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AnonymousAugust 6th 2013.

Well now it's all over, sadly a very prophetic yet hardly unsurprising prediction.

AnonymousJuly 31st 2013.

Hang on, this is a city that for 9 months of the year hosts more than 40,000 turning up once (or more) a week at either the Etihad or OT. I also seem to remember the Magic Weekend/multiple big gig Saturday of doom a few months passed off without significant incident. What exactly makes this pair of events significant?

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