The Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park is probably going to generate some interesting traffic. There’s a lot more restrictions on where you can park compared to the Oasis gig. However, this time they’re doing shuttle buses from the centre of Manchester. Which must be a good thing!
Public parking near to Heaton Park has been suspended and places with grass verges, Like the 3 Arrow pub, have been covered with extra heavy duty crash barriers so that you can’t park there.
As I said previously Part of Bury Old Road is closed. It’s from Sheepfoot Lane to Newton Street and then Sheepfoot Lane itself down to Middleton Road and Whittaker Lane from Heaton Park Metrolink station. Obviously there’s the pick up and drop off point within the park. However, Sheepfoot Lane can become a nightmare when cars are queuing to get into the pickup/drop off point so be prepared for a bit of a wait.
Also be warned that at the Oasis gig we had vast hoards of cars queuing on Middleton Road. And the car park that was being used behind us (Bowker Vale school) added more chaos as cars merged with the rest of the traffic. Plus there’s now actually a much bigger parking area at the school!
There is a stewarded taxi rank on Victoria Avenue.
Heaton Park weather seems to have it’s own micro climate. When it’s pouring on the M66 you can come off at the 3 Arrows junction and it will have stopped raining! That said, I can say that it’s now 10:30am on Friday 29th June and there are some very dark clouds looming overhead. There is also a lot of wind so the clouds might blow away, although I’m not holding my breath. I think the more cautious gigger should be packing a rain cover of some sort for tonight. By the way the NME said the MET Office predicted heavy rain all day yesterday. It didn’t happen so the ground is relatively not as soggy as it might have been. Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll let you know what the Heaton Park weather is on my Twitter account @manchesterblog.