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Traffic will be bad tonight as United take on Young Boys at Old Trafford

Traffic around Greater Manchester will be at a standstill tonight as Manchester United take on Young Boys in the Champions League.

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Pic: Darren Marsden

With many road works and the normal heavy traffic thousands more people will be in the city, including 3000 away fans, this will also lead to congestion as the fans are escorted out of the city centre and police forced to close some roads.

If you are not going to the game we suggest you leave work a little earlier tonight to avoid being stuck in traffic for a good hour or even longer, all routes will be bad as others look for a way to escape the congestion.

Chief Superintendent Graeme Openshaw, said: “Tuesday will be a very busy evening in and around Manchester City Centre as we welcome thousands of Young Boys fans to the city.

“In addition to this, there will also be large crowds enjoying the Christmas Markets as well as rush hour traffic and major road works in and around Trafford Park and the city centre.

“Almost 3,000 Young Boys supporters are expected to attend the match and we know that many of these will want to walk together to Old Trafford. We are working closely with Manchester United Football Club, local councils and Transport for Greater Manchester to ensure we do everything possible to minimise disruption.

“The supporters will be escorted to the stadium at around 4.30pm from Shambles Square, during which time traffic will be temporarily stopped on several roads but we’ll endeavour to keep traffic flowing wherever possible.

“Those travelling to Old Trafford to watch the game should allow plenty of time to contend with traffic and security checks at the stadium and we would ask commuters and motorists to plan their journeys in advance and take into account the large volume of people that will be in and around the area during this time.

“Officers will be on hand throughout the city and around the stadium on Tuesday evening to assist with any concerns or issues anyone may have before, during or after the match.

“We are used to managing major events across Greater Manchester and are confident that everyone can come together to enjoy the game safely.”

You can find out more information on travelling to the game tonight from Transport for Greater Manchester here https://tfgm.com/travel-updates/manchester-united/manchester-united-v-young-boys

Stay tuned to local radio stations for the latest traffic and travel https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester

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