Mancunian Way speed limit reduced in bid to improve road safety

Manchester City council announced a new 30mph speed limit on the Mancunian way on Monday in a bid to reduce the number of crashes on the cut through in the city.

Analysis by Manchester City Council Highways team has shown a total of 29 incidents have been recorded on the road since 2018, one of which was fatal.

The area between Chester Road and Pin Mill Brow junction will follow the new rules for at least 18 months, but could be made permanent, the council said.

17-year-old, Nadya Yusuf, recently died in January following a crash involving a white Mercedes on the Mancunian Way. Nadya’s Mother described her as her “best friend”.

Councillor Emma Taylor, Assistant Executive Member for Transport, said:

“Our priority will always be road safety and what has become all too clear in recent years is that the Mancunian Way is a particularly hazardous stretch of road. 

“I would ask motorists to please respect the new speed limit while it is in force and give themselves more time to complete journeys where necessary, especially during busier periods.”

The announcement follows the delay of the implementation of the clean air zone, which covers the Mancunian Way. Road users have expressed their concern over the clean air zone which has been postponed until July 2022 and the impact congestion of the 30mph limit will have on this.

Grant Moore, who uses the ring road frequently said:

“I think it’s silly due to the fact most crashes never actually happen whilst doing the speed limit. It’s more to do with the fact that people are driving carelessly, I believe that it would be of great help to bring in a better layout and maybe even a traffic light system in place on slip roads and give ways leading onto the Mancunian Way”

The Mancunian Way will be closed to traffic over the weekend of 12 and 13 March to undertake maintenance work and a full inspection of the road will also be done during this weekend closure.

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