Manchester 2002 park & ride
Three park & ride locations have been designated for people attending Manchester 2002 events. You are encouraged to make use of the park and ride schemes as they will alleviate traffic and parking problems you might otherwise have.
Pre-booking your park & ride space
Buses from the park and ride locations will run on a frequent basis to and from Sportcity (City of Manchester Stadium, National Squash Centre, National Cycling Centre and Table Tennis Centre) and Manchester city centre. From Manchester city centre all other Games venues can be reached by public transport.
By purchasing a park & ride ticket you will be given one free travel voucher for each of the car's occupants and will be directed to a parking space where your car will be secure. You are then free to jump onto one of our public transport services to get right into the city centre or direct to Sportcity.
Due to the very limited parking in and around the city centre and Sportcity venues we expect our park & ride sites to be very popular. We therefore recommend that you pre-book your space to avoid finding the site full when you arrive to avoid potenially missing the sporting event for which you have booked.
How to pre-book
Having read all the information now choose the most appropriate park & ride site for your journey and the venue you are visiting.
Site A = Heaton Park
Site B = Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford
Site C = Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford
If you are unsure and need more help with your plans view the GMPTE park & ride information.
Please have the following details to hand:
- park & ride site letter (A, B or C)
- the date that you wish to use the site
- which venue you will be visiting
- the approximate time that you expect to arrive at and leave from the park & ride site
- your credit card number and expiry date, or your debit card number and start/expiry dates
Park & ride costs £5; there is no extra cost to pre-book.
Pre-book your park & ride tickets online now.
Or telephone 0870 6077 555 to use the automated telephone booking service (touchtone telephone required).
Park & ride directions
These directions will help you find your way to your chosen park & ride site. We recommend that you print this page and bring it along on the day.
We have three park & ride sites in use for the Games, each has been designated a letter which will be shown on your ticket. Please check that your ticket shows the correct park & ride site that you require and the correct date for the event that you intend to visit.
Site A is located north of Manchester city centre at Heaton Park and there are Shuttlebus services to Sportcity or Metrolink trams to Manchester city centre. view the site A pdf map
Site B is located south of Manchester City Centre at Manchester United Football Ground and there are Shuttlebus services to Manchester city centre and Sportcity. view the site B & C pdf map
Site C is located south of Manchester city centre at Lancashire County Cricket Club and there are Metrolink trams to Manchester city centre. view the site B & C pdf map
How to find your park & ride site
Heaton Park is located north of Manchester and just south of the junction of the M60/M62/M66 motorways.
The park & ride site is located in the southern tip of the park and can be accessed through the entrance on Sheepfoot Lane.
Access from the motorway network is from either Junctions 17 or 19 of the M60 and is clearly signposted.
From Junction 17 travel south along Bury New Road (A56) for approximately one mile, turning left at the junction with Scholes Lane (A6044). Follow Scholes Lane to the junction with Bury Old Road (A665). Continue across the junction onto Sheepfoot Lane and turn left into the park & ride site.
From Junction 19 travel south along Middleton Road (A576) for approximately three quarters of a mile, turning right at the junction with Sheepfoot Lane (A6044) after approximately half a mile turn right into the park & ride site (just prior to the junction with Bury Old Road).
Manchester United Football Ground is located at Old Trafford, south of Manchester. The park & ride is located in the football ground's car park and can be accessed through the entrance on John Gilbert Way.
Access from the Motorway network is from Junction 7 or Junction 12 of the M60 and is clearly signposted. From Junction 7 of the M60 travel north along Chester Road (A56) for approximately two miles, turning left at the junction with Sir Matt Busby Way. Continue to the end of Sir Matt Busby Way, turning left into Wharfside Way (A5081) and left into John Gilbert Way.
From Junction 12 of the M60 follow M602 to Junction 2. At the Junction 2 roudabout turn right into Gilda Brook Road. Pass over the first roundabout. At the second roundabout turn left and then at the third roundabout turn right into Centenary Way.
Follow through two more roundabouts onto Tenax Road. At the end junction (roundabout) turn left into Village Way and continue to Wharfside Way (A5081). Follow to John Gilbert Way and turn right.
Lancashire County Cricket Club is located at Old Trafford, south of Manchester. The park & ride is located in the cricket ground's car park and can be accessed through the entrance on Talbot Road.
Access from the motorway network is from Junction 7 of the M60 and is clearly signposted.
From Junction 7 of the M60 travel north along Chester Road (A56) for approximately one mile, forking right at the Junction with Talbot Road (A5067). Continue along Talbot Road for approximately one mile turning right into the park & ride site (just prior to the junction with Warwick Road).
Extra park & ride information
Plan your day
A bit of preparation will ensure your day at the Games is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. The checklist below will help you avoid traffic jams, queues and other irritations.
- Don't forget your event or park & ride tickets!
- Check the date and time on your tickets
- Leave in plenty of time
- Plan your route in advance
- Keep up-to-date with traffic news and other event information
- Aim to arrive at least one hour before the start of the session (two hours at the City of Manchester Stadium)
- Travel light - avoid bringing bags as this will slow your entry into venues
- You can bring one small bag no larger than 30cm x 25mm x 15cm (12" x 10" x 6")
Arriving at your park & ride site
When you arrive at your chosen park & ride site just show your park & ride ticket at the entrance.
You will be given one free travel voucher for each of the car's occupants and will be directed to a parking space where your car will be secure.
You are then free to board one of our public transport services.
Remember don't bring excess baggage with you. Travel as light as you can as this will speed you through security checks.