MOTORISTS from throughout the area are being urged to plan forward of travelling this weekend on account of a variety of giant occasions going down.
Music lovers heading to Previous Trafford, the Etihad Stadium and the annual Parklife competition at Manchester’s Heaton Park this weekend are being inspired to think about using public transport.
Nationwide Highways is warning drivers that congestion is probably going on the motorway community at key occasions over the weekend – together with on the M6, M62 and M56.
This 12 months, in addition to Parklife on Saturday and Sunday, Ed Sheeran is taking part in all 4 nights of the weekend on the Etihad Stadium from Thursday, whereas the Killers are headlining at Emirates Previous Trafford on Saturday.
Greater than 200,000 individuals are anticipated to be in, round or passing by way of Manchester over the weekend.
Nationwide Highways is issuing its traditional recommendation for motorway customers, with Parklife at Heaton Park bordered by the M60 between junction 17 at Whitefield and junction 19 at Middleton together with Simister Island at junction 18 the place the M60 meets the M62 and M66.
Anybody utilizing the motorways is being suggested to count on congestion – particularly when live performance goers are leaving Parklife every evening from round 9pm onwards, doubtlessly into the early hours.
Nationwide Highways visitors officers will probably be working with Higher Manchester Police all through the occasion to maintain drivers on the transfer, preserve pedestrians away from the motorway and forestall drivers dropping off or selecting up from the onerous shoulders or carriageways.
Nationwide Highways visitors officers on the north west operations centre in Newton-le-Willows will probably be carefully monitoring motorway visitors utilizing cameras, with patrols out and about to handle visitors and preserve drivers on the transfer.
Digital variable message indicators will probably be used to advise motorway customers of the occasion prematurely in addition to over the weekend to warn of incidents and any congestion.
Chris Chadwick, senior community planner for Nationwide Highways within the north west, stated: “We have now ensured there are not any roadworks on key routes over the weekend.
“We don’t count on any main congestion issues, however folks shouldn’t simply depart the home and hope for one of the best.
“Our message to anybody considering of driving to or round Manchester over the weekend is to plan your journey and definitely verify visitors situations earlier than setting out.
“If you’re going to one of many occasions, please give your self loads of time.”
Full data on public transport choices for every of the weekend’s occasions is on the market through tfgm.com/major-works-and-events
Nationwide Highways supplies stay visitors data through its web site, radio journey bulletins, digital highway indicators and at @highwaysNWEST on Twitter.