The A5103 is a major road in
England . It runs from Piccadilly
Manchester city centre to junction 3 of the M56 motorway
and is one of Manchester's principal radial routes.
* 1 History
* 2 Route description
* 2.1 A6 to the
A57(M) motorway (Mancunian Way)
* 2.2 Princess
A57(M) motorway to the M60 motorway)
* 2.3 Princess
M60 motorway to the M56 motorway)
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Hulme Arch Bridge over Princess
The original scheme for a new road through the rural area south of
Manchester was the design of the urban planner
Richard Barry Parker ,
who envisaged the creation of a parkway — a broad, landscaped
highway — to run from the new garden suburb of
connecting it with
Manchester City Centre .
began construction of the new Princess
Parkway in 1929 with a new
bridge over the
River Mersey . The new road was laid out as a dual
carriageway for motor vehicles with a segregated tram track along the
central reservation for
Manchester Corporation Tramways to run trams
Manchester City Centre .
Parkway was one of two new arterial roads into
Manchester built by
Manchester Corporation; the other was Kingsway , a
few miles to the east, also built as a dual carriageway with reserved
tram tracks along the middle. This layout was known as the 'Brodie'
system, a new approach to road design that had been pioneered in
John Alexander Brodie . The first tracks were laid out
in the 1920s, terminating at Southern Cemetery ; Manchester
Corporation Transport planned to extend the tracks to
Wythenshawe, but following a change in transport policy in 1930, the
Corporation invested in bus services instead.
Tramways eventually ceased operation in 1949 and the tram tracks were
Parkway route, running south from Barlow Moor
Altrincham Road, was noted for its landscaped verges and rose beds .
Manchester Corporation extended the road northwards into the
city centre and south through
Ollerton and Toft , creating a major
traffic route into the city. In 1969, work began to upgrade Princess
Parkway to motorway standards, in order to feed into the M56 motorway
. To enable this work, Parker's landscaping was removed, with 50,000
trees and shrubs being uprooted, and pedestrian footbridges were
installed, and an old country house , Kenworthy Hall, was demolished.
In 1997, the
Hulme Arch Bridge designed by Chris Wilkinson Architects
and Arup was installed over Princess
Road in the
A6 TO THE A57(M) MOTORWAY (MANCUNIAN WAY)
This short section is entirely single-carriageway: it runs in roughly
a north-south direction from the junction of the A6 and A62 along
Portland Street. It then shares a short section with the A34 (Oxford
Street) running west until St Peter's Square. After St Peter's Square,
it proceeds south-west along Lower
Mosley Street , running past the
G-MEX centre (formerly
Manchester Central Station), and the
Bridgewater Hall . It then turns south along Albion Street and Medlock
Street (crossing the
Rochdale Canal , the railway viaduct, and the
River Medlock ), where it meets the A57(M) Mancunian Way at a
PRINCESS ROAD (A57(M) MOTORWAY TO THE M60 MOTORWAY)
This section is entirely dual carriageway primary route leading in a
southerly direction. The entire section is officially called Princess
Road, but many locals refer to it as Princess
Parkway (see below).
This section predominantly has a 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit.
The road runs through
Moss Side and Whalley Range , passing
Hulme Grammar School ,
Whalley Range High School
Whalley Range High School and Southern
Cemetery on the way.
This section has many traffic light controlled junctions, including
major junctions with the A6010
Manchester middle ring road and A5145
Road . 0.7 miles (1.1 km) south of its junction with the
A5145, the road crosses the
River Mersey and meets the
M60 motorway at
a large free-flow interchange at junction 5.
PRINCESS PARKWAY (M60 MOTORWAY TO THE M56 MOTORWAY)
This section is entirely dual carriageway trunk road , and is an
important link between the M60
Manchester Outer Ring road and the M56
motorway . This section is called PRINCESS PARKWAY and largely has a
50 mph (80 km/h) speed limit. Between the M56 and M60, the road has
two intermediate junctions; with the B5166 towards
Northenden and Sale
Moor, and with the A560 leading to
Between junctions, the A5103 here has four lanes in each direction
with no hard shoulder . Between the on-and-off sliproads of the
junctions, it has 3 lanes in each direction with hard shoulder. At the
southern end, at the A560 junction, the A5103 seamlessly becomes the
mainline of the M56 heading towards
Manchester Airport ,
M6 motorway . Northbound traffic on the M56 must leave the
mainline of the motorway at a sliproad to remain on the M56. Remaining
on the mainline leads directly to the A5103.
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