Traffic on the M56 is expected to be heavier than usual this evening (Wednesday, October 28) as around 100,000 football fans are expected to descend on Manchester.

Transport bosses have warned commuters to allow extra journey time, as both Manchester City and Manchester United play home matches on the same night for the first time in six years.

The Reds host Middlesbrough and 10,000 away supporters, while the Blues face Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup tie.

City kick-off at 7.45pm followed by United at 8pm.

TfGM’s Urban Traffic Control team will be monitoring the roads and managing signal times to reduce congestion where possible, but drivers can still expect far more congestion than normally. Motorists not travelling to the matches are being advised to avoid main routes around the stadiums.

The Metrolink will also be very busy, with thousands of supporters travelling to the Etihad and Old Trafford stops. TfGM are putting on extra services to cope with the demand.

Park and ride services are also available at stops close to both stadiums: Hollinwood (90 spaces), Ashton Moss (200 spaces) and Ashton West (195) all serve the Etihad Stadium. Brooklands (108 spaces), Navigation Road (81 spaces) and Sale Water Park (300 spaces) serve Old Trafford.

First TransPennine Express will be strengthening the 10.19pm Manchester to York and the 11.17pm Manchester to Liverpool services, while Northern Rail will be running extra replacement bus services from Manchester Victoria through Farnworth.

Stagecoach will be providing a shuttle bus operation from the city centre to each stadium, with the 216 serving the Etihad and the 215 serving Old Trafford.