Road Closure Info

The below information relates to 2020 and is in review for the 2021 event on Sunday 11th April.

On April 5th 2020, the Manchester Marathon will see approximately 20,000 runners run through the streets of Greater Manchester. In order to facilitate an event of this size, we need to close some roads in order to allow the runners to move safely around the course.

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Manchester Marathon Road Closures

To help those people that need to make a journey on marathon day, we have put together a detailed diversion map to help you navigate around the road closures. The areas affected have been broken down by area and there are brief instructions for each of those areas directing you, where possible to a major road from where you can continue your journey.



General Road Closure Information




Experience tells us that some locations are spectator hotspots and you should use the tram service to get to these locations and not attempt to get to them by car.
• Seymour Grove / Talbot Road (approach to finish)
• Brooklands Road / Marsland Road
• Sale, Northenden Road
• Timperley
• Altrincham
• Chorlton

The A56 southbound will be closed:
• 04:00 – 13:00 Deansgate Interchange to White City Way
• 05:00 – 13:00 Deansgate Interchange to Edge Lane
• 08:30 – 16:30 Edge Lane to Ashfield Road
(One lane open to access M60 from Green Street)
The A56 northbound will be closed:
• 05:00 – 13:00 Barton Road to White City Circle
• 13:00 – 16:30 Barton Road to Kingsway
The A56 will be closed in both directions:
• 08:00 – 13:00 White City Circle to Deansgate Interchange
• 05:00 – 13:00 White City Circle to Kingsway
• 08:00 – 11:40 Deansgate Interchange to John Dalton Street
• 08:30 – 14:00 M60 to Stamford Brook Road

If you need to use the A56 southbound, use the outer diversion route, A5103 Princess Road (Princess Parkway) to avoid major disruption to your journey. If you need to access the city during the northbound closure, use A5181 Barton Road and then B5211 Barton Dock Road to the A57 and then follow signs for the city, alternatively after 14:00 when A56 north will be open. Use Barton Road and then Kingsway to re-join A56 into the City.

M60 JUNCTION 7 08:00 – 16:30
There is no exit from the M60 at junction 7 in either direction.
Access on and onto the M60 at junction 7 will be restricted. The anticlockwise on slip will remain open for authorised motorway traffic from the Stretford Meadows Estate. Traffic travelling in both directions that wish to leave the M60 at junction 7 will need to leave at junction 6, 8 or junction 9 dependant on their destination or use the M56 to access areas around Altrincham.

We would ask you not to park on the race route. There are parking restrictions in place between 23:00 on Saturday 4th April through to 18:00 on Sunday 5th April for the entire route. Vehicles parked on the route may well be towed away.
No Parking restrictions will be in place on the following roads:
A5104 Chester Road
B5217 Seymour Grove
Upper Chorlton Road
Chorlton Road, Hulme
A56 Lloyd Street through to Park Road, Timperley
Peter Street
Mount Street
Lloyd Street
Quay Street
Lower Byrom Street
Liverpool Road
Park Road Timperley
Stockport Road, Timperley
Seymour Grove, Timperley
Stockport Road, Altrincham
Stamford New Road, Altrincham
Regent Road, Altrincham
Market Street, Altrincham
Kingsway, Altrincham
Stamford Street, Altrincham
Shaftesbury Avenue, Timperley
Aimson Road East, Timperley at the Bus Turning Circle
Thorley Lane, Timperley,
Brooklands Road
Marsland Road
Derbyshire Road, Sale
Northenden Road, Sale
B5166 School Road, Sale
Tatton Road, Sale
Chapel Road, Sale
A5145 Edge Lane, Stretford
A6010 Wilbraham Road
B5217 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton
B5217 Manchester Road, Chorlton

Roads closures will be in effect along the marathon route and those that are open will be very busy. Many bus services will also be diverted due to these closures.
We recommend using Metrolink to travel to and from the race as there are several stops close to the start and finish lines in Trafford.


Please be aware that the finish gantry and finish straight will remain open until 16:00*. However, due to our staggered road closures, you may be asked to move onto the pavement before this time so we can appropriately facilitate the roads reopening for business and resident access.

*Please be aware that although the main race begins at 09:00 you may not cross the start line until after 09:40. This allows for a finishing time of 6:20mins to 7hrs.