Warning over serious delays in Manchester tonight

By Peter Trollope at

There is a warning of serious disruption on the roads and Metrolink services tonight in the build-up to Manchester United’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Road closures will be in place as fans head to the game and with the MSIRR/Regent Road roadworks also causing problems for drivers.

The surrounding areas are expected to be very busy in the build-up to kick-off with the most significant delays expected on the roads between 4 pm and 7 pm.

Drivers are being urged to consider using alternative modes of transport including trams, trains, and buses, traveling earlier or later in the day – or working from home if at all possible.

People are advised they should allow plenty of extra time for journeys.

A number of additional park-and-rides are available for people heading to the match.

 Shuttle buses to Old Trafford will run from sites at Event City Road and AJ Bell Stadium, while additional buses will also operate from the A580 East Lancashire Road site.

A spokesman for  Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “Drivers travelling to and around Old Trafford and the surrounding areas in the build up are almost certainly going to see extended journey times.

“As 3,000 away fans make their way to the ground from the city centre, a number of road closures will be put in place and there will be a significant knock-on effect.

“In addition, with major road improvements ongoing in the Regent Road area, the impact on traffic in the build up to the game is expected to be greater.

“As such I’d advise all road users heading in that direction to carefully consider their transport choices, use public transport, travel at a different time or work from home if possible. If not please allow extra time for your journeys.”

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