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New travel plans for Eastlands announced

  • 28 April 2011 16:12
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

Manchester City has today announced exciting plans to transform the current access and movement infrastructure around City of Manchester Stadium.

The Club have appointed leading global transport specialists AECOM, to work in partnership with Manchester City Council and New East Manchester to produce a robust travel plan for Eastlands.

The new travel plan will focus on improved on and off site car park management, a plan to maximise impact from Metrolink arrival, a review of match day bus service, improvements to the safe walking route, improved taxi rank provision, improved supporter communications in relation to transport and a sustainable transport plan.

This project currently under way will be complete by mid June, in time to progress initiatives for the start of the 2011/12 season.

Operations Director for Manchester City Steve Sayer, said:

“Manchester City is not only committed to continually improving the match-day experience for our fans, but also enhancing the services available to our local residents and neighbours on non match days. We will be speaking to fans via an online survey in the next couple of weeks to gather data and views on current travel patterns and issues to shape the review.

“The new travel plan will enable us to make the necessary improvements that will benefit everyone who comes into contact with City of Manchester Stadium and the surrounding area.”

Eddie Smith, Chief Executive for New East Manchester, said: "We are very keen to work together with Manchester City Football Club on this important commission, in order to ensure that the new travel plans not only benefit visiting football supporters but also East Manchester residents and businesses who live in the neighbourhoods surrounding the stadium."

Vicky Rosin, Manchester City Council's director of neighbourhood services, said: "Hundreds of thousands of residents live or work in the area around Eastlands, and this plan will help make sure they are able to get around in a way that is safe, efficient and environmentally friendly."

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