Getting to Manchester
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Manchester International Airport
Manchester International Airport is located approximately 11 miles from the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. There are no direct public transport links from the airport to the national cycling centre, however regular direct trains to Manchester city centre are available.The train from the airport to the city centre takes approximately 18 minutes with fares starting from £4.20 per person. Links are then available direct to the National Cycling Centre via the Metrolink. There is also the option for a taxi directly to the National Cycling Centre which would cost approximately £25-£30 sterling for a standard car depending on traffic conditions.
Car or Van Hire
There are many options for Car or Van hire at Manchester International Airport, options are available on the Manchester Airport official website: https://www.cartrawler.com/manchesterairport/?clientID=429456
For those driving to the event in order to transport cycling equipment please find below a list of the popular ports and the incoming ferry destinations;
Portsmouth: 240 miles to Manchester:
- Caen, France
- Cherbourg, France
- Le Havre, France
- Ryde, Isle of Wight
- St Malo, France
Dover: 290 miles to Manchester:
- Calais, France
Liverpool: 35 miles to Manchester:
- Dublin, Northern Ireland
- Belfast, Republic of Ireland
- Isle of Man
Hull: 100 miles to Manchester:
- Rotterdam , Netherlands
- Zeebrugge, Belgium
Manchester city centre has two major train stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Manchester Piccadilly provides a gateway to the south with direct connections to London Euston every 20 minutes with a journey time of 2 hours. Other major cities within an hour’s train journey include; Leeds, Liverpool, Preston and Sheffield.
Getting to the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre
The venue is situated in the Sport City complex adjacent to the junction of A6010 Alan Turing Way and A662 Ashton New Road. Please note that ALL road direction signs are for the National Cycling Centre.
The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre is well connected by public transport and spectators are advised to use the Metrolink where possible, alighting at the Velopark stop on the Ashton line. The East Manchester Metrolink line runs from Piccadilly to Droylsden in Tameside and stops at the National Cycling Centre – Velopark station. Please visit the Metrolink website for timetables and further information. Map available here.
By bus from Manchester City Centre
Piccadilly Gardens (Stop D) Service number 216 to Sportcity – journey time 10 minutes.
Service numbers 235 and 237 also pass Sportcity. Alight at the Visitors Centre to Sportcity, and cross Alan Turing Way, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge. You will see the entrance to the National Cycling Centre on your right, after crossing the bridge.
If you are attending a major event, then you need to go to the main spectator entrance, which is just past the service road to car park 10.
By bus from Ashton under Lyne
From Ashton Bus Station – Service number 216 to Sportcity – journey time 24 minutes.
Alight opposite Asda Walmart, and cross Ashton New Road, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge. You will see the entrance to the National Cycling Centre on your right, after crossing the bridge.
Spectator parking is available on site at the HSBC UK National Cycling centre, please use the postcode: M11 4DQ. Parking for disabled spectators and participants on site is also available but limited and will be for blue badge holders only. Disabled parking must be arranged prior to the event by telephoning the National Cycling Centre on 0161 223 2244 (option3).
There are covered bike sheds close to reception for visitors, but you should bring your own high security lock. If you are just visiting the cafe, bikes can be parked for short periods in reception, but still needs to be locked securely. A footbridge crosses the Ashton canal, which is National Route 60, so there are a number of off road routes you can use, some of them only suitable in daylight hours.
Visit the Sustrans website here for your journey planner by bike. Enter our postcode M11 4DQ.
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