Accessing the Stadium
The Etihad Stadium is extremely well-connected and accessible by a range of transport modes.
As the capacity of the stadium increases it is important that visitors are able to travel to the stadium by a range of modes, and do not have to rely on travelling by car. For this reason the proposals do not include any provision for new car parking.
The Club wants to continue to be a good neighbour and protect the local environment for residents. To help stop inappropriate parking in nearby areas, they are working with the City Council to give further consideration to extending residents’ parking zones.
The arrival of Metrolink has helped make it easier for fans to leave the car at home, or at appropriate car parks away from the area. The forthcoming extension to Ashton-under-Lyne will provide further opportunities for travel by tram.
The Transport Strategy which will form part of the planning application for the stadium expansion is also exploring the following measures;
Encouraging people to walk to and from ‘hubs’ on the transport network, particularly Piccadilly Station but also to other locations such as Ashburys Station and the Metrolink stop at Central Park. This can be achieved by improving walking routes through measures such as better signage and stewarding. This approach was successfully implemented when the Commonwealth Games were held at the Stadium in 2002.
Working with bus operators to enable more frequent services on match-days and working with supporters’ clubs to encourage better use of coaches, particularly where there are clusters of fans travelling to the stadium from the same area.
Providing for and promoting cycling, an increasingly popular mode of travel, through the provision of dedicated parking and storage and improved routes.
Where journeys cannot be made by public transport or without a car for its entire length, the Club will work with transport providers and car park operators to provide options for park and ride away from the Etihad Campus.
It is achievable to implement each of these options by the time of the planned opening of the extended areas in the 2015/16 season.