Road Closures at Manchester Airport

Network Rail are set to expand the Manchester Airport Station. As part of the £15 million scheme to create an extra station a new bridge will be slid into position meaning the closure of Outwood Lane, one of the main access roads to the airport.

In order to accommodate the extra platform, Network Rail will need to dig across under Outwood Lane to slide a new supporting bridge into place. The road will be closed from 22:00 on Friday 15th February until Monday 3rd March 2008. Clearly signed diversions will be in place for those travelling to the airport by car.

Cars will continue to be directed off the M56 at Junction 5 with Terminal 1 traffic to be diverted via Terminal 2 past the Station. Those heading to Terminal 3 by car will be diverted up Ringway Road West then onto Ringway Road past Premier Park and the Airport Hotel.

Manchester Airport Capacity Planning Manager Bob Longworth stated: "It is impossible to predict how much longer road users should allow but we don't expect major disruption. However, the morning and evening peak periods are always busy so we are advising people to leave a little extra time for the trip." Manchester Airport are expecting minimum disruption with only a minority to be affected by the closure of Outwood Lane.

Network Rail believe that installing a third platform will greatly improve the passenger experience with more capacity for future services, greater reliability and punctuality for services to and from the airport. Network Rail's Area General Manager, Gary Openshaw stated: "At the moment there are only two platforms at the airport and with over 300 trains a day calling there, we often have to have a couple of trains in the same platform at any one time."

If you're travelling from Manchester Airport during this time, remember to allow extra journey time to allow for any delays. For all the latest news and unbeatable prices on airport parking, remember to check back with Airparks.

Published by: Tony Hill

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