Work to resurface Ashton Old Road is set to start on Monday, as part of a major project to improve the standard of three key routes into Manchester city centre.

Manchester City Council has secured £5m from the Department for Transport’s Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, which will help to fund projects for Ashton Old Road, Oldham Road and Barlow Moor Road within the next two years. The work will involve resurfacing and reconstruction, plus drainage repair and renewal for the three arterial routes.

Ashton Old Road will be resurfaced between the Mancunian Way and its boundary with Tameside, with work due to start on Monday 21 September and to take approximately nine weeks, weather permitting.

To minimise disruption, the work has been split into six phases:

Phase 1 – Mancunian Way to Viaduct Street. Work is due to start on Monday 21 September and finish on Sunday 4 October
Phase 2 – Viaduct Street to Kay Street (Monday 5 October – Monday 19 October)
Phase 3 – Alan Turing Way Junction (Tuesday 20 October – Saturday 31 October)
Phase 4 – Nuttall Street to Bartlett Street (Sunday 1 November – Thursday 5 November)
Phase 5 – Bartlett Street to Victoria Street (Friday 6 November – Tuesday 10 November)
Phase 6 – Victoria Street to the city boundary (Wednesday 11 November – Sunday 22 November)

All dates presented are dependent on weather conditions allowing the work to progress as anticipated.

In order to undertake the first phase of resurfacing, from the Mancunian Way to Viaduct Street, a series of temporary road closures and one-way systems will be introduced from Monday 21 September. The eastbound carriageway will be closed to all vehicles and signed diversions will be in place. Westbound traffic flows will be maintained.

Once complete, work will switch to the westbound carriageway. During this part of the works, Manchester-bound traffic will run on the eastbound side of the carriageway, with eastbound traffic following signed diversions. Bus lanes will be suspended for the duration of the work and will be open to all traffic at all times.


  1. As the council have secured the grant to improve the standard of Ashton Old Road (and others) may I suggest that they also deal with the filth that covers much of the road from Alan Turing Way to Great Ancoats Street.

    Complaints to the Environment Agency have gone nowhere, it is wholly unacceptable that people have to breath in unacceptable levels of dust, premises and vehicles are continuously coated in dust or mud when it is wet.

    The development of the brownfield area with housing should have meant environmental enforcements were put in place relating to the waste site that is responsible for the dust/debris in the area. The infrequent visit of a road sweeper does nothing to maintain the standards of the area or our health.


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