Essential repairs will be taking place on Eccles New Road and South Langworthy Road from March 20th which will cause the Metrolink line to Eccles to partially close.
Large sections of the roads, often dubbed the worst roads to drive on in Salford due to their many potholes, will be repaired in a 17 day window, ending on April 5th.
The Metrolink line from MediaCityUK to Eccles will be closed completely because of the works, although trams will still run from Ashton-Under-Lyne to MediaCityUK. A replacement bus service will operate between MediaCityUK and Eccles stations.
The roads however will stay open during the works, albeit in one direction only (see image below), with access to all side streets and businesses being maintained completely.
The most dangerous road in Salford for potholes is being resurfaced
We have asked if the painted bike lanes will be widened as part of the scheme. pic.twitter.com/NM4Un8m7Wa
— Walk Ride Salford Central (@WRSalford) March 11, 2021
Councillor Mike McCusker, executive support member for planning, housing and sustainable development, commented: “We’re well aware that large sections of Eccles New Road and South Langworthy Road need repairs and the council has been working closely with TfGM for some time now to find the best solution.
“It’s more challenging than our usual road repairs as the Metrolink only stops for a few hours each night. It would not be fair to residents nor practical to do the work at that time so we need the line to close completely.
“The work will be carried out only during the day and we will also use the time to check street lighting, drainage and crash barriers and carry out any necessary repairs.”
The works will be taken up by Salford City Council’s highways teams and see large sections of the road repaired, rather than resurfaced, due to the ageing Metrolink track which has been down for 20 years, requiring upgrading in the next few years, with a full resurfacing likely to take place then.
The news of repairs will be good news for many Salford road users, with the roads in a very poor condition, with drivers regularly complaining of the many potholes, which can cause effects to a cars suspension and potentially cause an accident.
@SalfordCouncil any plans of fixing the pot holes in Eccles New Road? It's not just 1, 2 or 3, it's hundreds within less than 2 miles. I believe @MCRMetrolink tram tracks doesn't help but something must be done about it! #salford #RoadSafety
— Tiago Madeira (@tiagormadeira) February 13, 2021
@SalfordCouncil good morning. Have you guys driven on Eccles New Road lately? It's pothole heaven and a disaster waiting to happen! Any plans to resurface it?
— TheBassWidow3.5% (@Corfield_Dawn) January 30, 2021
@SalfordCouncil please, please, please sort the pot holes out on Eccles new road ( the section with the tram) I don’t think my car can take anymore!
— John Birchall (@JohnBir53191394) February 9, 2021
Work is being carried out now in time for the reopening of some non-essential businesses and leisure on April 12th, where the number of road users and people using Metrolink will increase.
Metrolink passengers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys during the works.