Boxing Day means shopping for thousands across the North West.
A lot of big shops across the region are expected to start their sales today.
Prepared shoppers have been queuing since the early hours outside Next in Manchester, which opened at 6am and The Trafford Centre which opened its doors at 8am.
Work to build a new six-stop Metrolink line to the busy Trafford Park industrial estate and intu Trafford Centre will ramp up this month.
The road closures will be introduced in three phases and will remain in force for approximately three years.
- From today Mosley Road will be closed south at its junction with Village Way, which will also include a footway closure on the south side of Village Way
- The second phase will include a closure of Wharf End and Victoria Place, a footway closure of Sir Alex Ferguson Way and a 30mph speed limit on Park Way. This will come into effect on Monday 22 May.
- From Monday 19 June, Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way will become one way eastbound. Further closures of adjoining roads will also be necessary at times.
Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and local bus services will be re-routed.
Road users are encouraged to allow more time for their journeys.
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Hundreds of people were queuing to get into high street stores in Manchester and at the Trafford Centre this morning.
Some had even camped overnight in order to be one of the first people in the stores.
See below just some of those eager shoppers:
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Public consultation on plans to build a new Metrolink line through Trafford Park will launch today.
Transport for Greater Manchester is developing the 5.5km line, which will run from the existing Pomona stop on a largely off-street route through to the Trafford Centre.
People will be able to have their say on the tram line proposals over the next 12 weeks, with fourteen staffed drop-in events arranged at public venues along the proposed route.
More information is available on the website of Transport for Greater Manchester.
Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at TfGM, said: “This new tram line proposal is great news for the Trafford area.
“Metrolink will offer excellent transport connections to local businesses, shopping and leisure opportunities along the route – while also opening up links to the wider tram network, which will cover around 92km when the new Airport line opens later this year."
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