CIVIL ENGINEERING projects on key transport routes in Manchester will start to close down this weekend to avoid the risk of traffic disruption at next month's Commonwealth Games.
All highways work in the city will stop and Railtrack is suspending electrification works on the Manchester South section of the West Coast Main Line.
'Agreement has been reached to stop all planned works in the month preceding and during the games, ' said Manchester City Council traffic engineering manager Keith Williams.
It is hoped this will reduce congestion and avoid delays for event spectators. The games take place over 11 days, starting on 25 July.
A spokesman for Manchester City Council said that all roadworks on key routes in the city would stop this Sunday, and no new contracts would start until after the games.
Neighbouring Salford City council will halt all roadworks and footway works the week before the games start.
A number of major contracts had a built in break for the period of the games. Amec, for example, will stop work for four weeks on advanced enabling works for the Metrolink light rail system at Eastlands, near to the main stadium.
A spokesman explained: 'We agreed with client Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive at tender stage that work would stop. All our staff are being moved to other jobs and work will resume after the games have finished.'