Transport chiefs urge Mancunians to park & walk
23 July 2002
In addition to three park and ride carparks, eight park and walk areas have been established near Sportcity.
Park and walk to the City of Manchester Stadium and Sportcity
As the countdown to the Commonwealth Games nears its conclusion, Greater Manchester transport chiefs are urging local people travelling to the Games not to try and take their cars to the stadium.
Eight ‘park & walk’ sites have been created in the vicinity of Sportcity, most located around 1km from the Sportcity venues.
Chris Mulligan, GMPTE’s director general and chair of the Games Transport Steering Committee, said: “All the indications are that the Commonwealth Games are going to be a great success and transport is clearly going to be a real deciding factor in the smooth running of the event.
“There will be no parking at any of the venues except for blue badge holders so we are urging local people to think carefully about how they are going to make their journeys and, if they still want to use their cars, to make use of the park and walk facilities. All of the sites are around 1km from the stadium which is a reasonable distance for most people.
“We want people to enjoy the Games so we’ve been working hard to minimise disruption as far as we can but people are still going to have to plan their journeys carefully and allow plenty of extra time.”
Spectators will pay £5 on entry to use any of the eight park & walk facilities and are urged to make sure they have the correct fee ready on arrival to cut down on queues at the entrance kiosks.
The park and walk sites will be signposted from the major routes around east Manchester and will all offer secure, staffed facilities. They are each numbered and colour coded to assist visitors in locating their vehicles after events.
The park and walk sites are located at:
- Car Park 1, blue circle, Lord North Street
- Car Park 2, blue circle, Iron Street
- Car Park 3, blue circle, Grimshaw Lane
- Car Park 4, red square, Redvers Street
- Car Park 5, red square, Rylance Street
- Car Park 6, red square, Medlock Valley School
- Car Park 7, green triangle, Kay Street
- Car Park 8, green triangle, Park House Street