As part of the Accessible City project, part of Manchester St is currently closed to northbound traffic.
At this point in time, the closure is between Hereford St and Kilmore St. Access to side streets will be restricted throughout the duration of this project. It is recommended motorists use Madras St and Barbadoes St as the preferred north and south route in this part of the city.
This section of Manchester Street is being turned into a widened, tree-lined boulevard adjacent to the East Frame residential development.
The existing street will be widened by 9 metres to provide a broad, shared pavement for pedestrians and cyclists, along with the trees and room for cars and buses.
The street will be prioritised for buses. Most of this section of Manchester Street will have a single, general purpose traffic lane in each direction, with dedicated bus lanes provided both north and southbound from Hereford Street to Lichfield Street, and southbound from Armagh Street to Gloucester Street. There will also be a high quality bus stopbetween Gloucester and Hereford Streets.
Trees, landscaping and rain gardens (gardens which capture and filter stormwater flow from the street) will be other features of the redesigned street.