RESIDENTS, runners and spectators of Trafford, Stretford and Sale are being advised to plan their travel this weekend ahead of the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday.

Roads around the area will be closed and reopened throughout the day to accommodate the event, that will see around 12,000 runners taking part.

The race starts at 9am on Bridgewater Way in Stretford, and finishes at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

The earliest closures will start at 5am and the latest around 6pm. Bus services will also be affected but the Metrolink will be running as usual - but likely to be busier than normal.

People driving to the race are encouraged to take advantage of Greater Manchester’s free park and ride facilities and complete their journey by public transport.

TfGM has prepared detailed travel advice, including maps and journey planning here:

Metrolink event staff will also be on hand to help customers with their travel needs. TfGM, Metrolink and the event organisers will also be using their social media accounts on the day to update passengers on any issues affecting travel.

TfGM’s Events and Operational Coordination Manager, Ryan Carter, said: “The Manchester Half Marathon is a superb event which attracts thousands of people and we want to ensure everyone gets to the starting line on time.

“We have been working closely with the organisers to get effective transport plans in place and minimise any disruption.

“Our advice is for people to plan their journeys and allow yourself a little extra time to get to your destination. We will be monitoring the event on the day to ensure it all goes smoothly – and the best of luck to everyone taking part.”

Sarah Bennett, Manchester Half Marathon’s, Race Director said: “I’d like to thank TfGM for their help organising the transport for the Manchester Half Marathon. I’d encourage everyone to take their advice and plan their journey so they can get to the right place at the right time.

“The course follows the Altrincham line of the Metrolink, which gives spectators the chance to catch the race at different parts of the course, but please be aware that this may mean the line is busier than normal at those stops.”