Car & Motorcycle
25% of the UK’s motorway network runs through Greater
Manchester, placing it in within a two hours drive of
around 12 million people.
So it seems getting to Manchester city centre by car has
never been easier, although do be aware that with motorways
come traffic jams and there are plenty of those around
the city at rush hour.
The city has a virtual girdle of motorways made up of
the M56, M61, M66 and M62,
much of which has now been designated as the new M60 ring road.
Liverpool and Leeds are only about an hour away by car
and access to a motorway link is only ten minutes from
the city centre itself by the M602 which runs straight
in via Regent Road in Salford and up to Deansgate.
London is about 185 miles away and on a good day you can
get to Manchester from the capital in around three hours.
This has been helped by the new M6 Toll motorway around Birmingham, which costs £2 for cars and £1
for motorcycles, but ensures you avoid the delays on the
most congested part of the M6.
Using the M62: Follow the M62 westbound to the M60 ring
road and take junction 17 following signs for the city
Using the M6: Follow the M6 south then take the M61 near
Preston and follow this to the M60 ring road. Take junction
17 and follow signs for the city centre.
Using the M6: Follow the M6 north to junction 19 and take
the A556 (signposted Manchester Airport). Follow to the
end and then take the M56, which leads on to the A5103
and direct into the city centre.
Using the M56: Follow the M56 on to the A5103 and go straight
ahead into the city centre.
Using the M62: Follow the M62 eastbound then continue
straight ahead on to the M602 (signposted Salford) and
take A57(M) following signs for the city centre.
For regular updates on traffic and travel in and around
the city centre Listen to Key 103 Manchester.