More than 200,000 people are expected to flood into Manchester city centre to celebrate Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes at a huge homecoming parade.
And more than 5,000 free parking spaces are being made available at different sites to keep the city centre streets as free from traffic as possible.
Fans will be able to catch trains or trams into the city centre from Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium, the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Horwich Parkway and Sale Water Park, with increased services due to run on the day.
Starting outside the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield at 4.30pm on Monday, October 17, the parade will move onto Deansgate at the junction with Liverpool Road.
It will then carry on through Huntsbank, Todd Street, Corporation Street, Exchange Square and Cross Street before a civic reception outside the town hall at Albert Square.
Up to half a million spectators lined the streets at a parade in the capital in the aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Transport chiefs predict as many as 200,000 could turn out in Manchester to applaud our track and field heroes including Manchester’s golden couple, Jason and Laura Kenny, as well as other cyclists who trained in our ‘medal factory’ at the National Cycling Centre in Clayton.
Transport for Greater Manchester, which coordinates transport services across Greater Manchester, today outlined its plans for the celebratory parade. Bosses believe it could be one of the largest single events the city has seen in recent years.
A bespoke athletes’ parade travel advice website has been launched to help spectators planning to attend - www.tfgm.com/athletes-parade .
Although exact road closures haven’t as yet been confirmed by the council, employers are also being asked to play their part by considering rescheduling deliveries and staff travel requirements.
Events Manager for TfGM John Fryer predicted the day would be an ‘unforgettable experience’.
He said: “This is one of the most important celebrations that the city has played host to and with so many people expected to visit we’re really encouraging everyone to plan their journey and to know the travel options available to them.”
Demand on rail services is also expected to be high, with visitors travelling into Manchester from neighbouring regions.
TransPennine Express urged all travellers to plan ahead and confirmed extra staff on hand. London hosts a homecoming Olympic and Paralympic parade the following day.