In 2000, traffic
congestion in Manchester city centre appears to be getting
worse all the time. Ever increasing numbers of cars on the
road, exacerbated by bus lanes, road narrowing, road closures
due to construction work, and pedestrianisation of city centre
streets, all add up to more and more traffic jams, such as
this one on Oxford Road, captured at about 5.20pm on Wednesday
Two east-west transport
arteries cross over Oxford Road in this view - the Oxford
Road to Piccadilly railway line in the foreground, and the
Mancunian Way (A57M) in the distance. In the far distance
can be seen the Manchester University Precinct Centre, built
above Oxford Road.
Red and green are
the dominant May colours in the suburbs of Manchester and
other British cities - the red brick of the houses in bright
sunshine, and the lush green of the grass and the leaves,
which have only recently appeared.
This view was made
possible by the removal of a house which used to stand on
this site, now grassed over.
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This green and
pleasant spot will be obliterated by the office block set
to occupy this end of Piccadilly Gardens after the City of
Manchester local authority have implemented their controversial
historian Professor John Archer remarked recently, this tree-lined
view of the former warehouses designed by Edward Walters,
architect of the Free Trade Hall, is one of the finest in
Enjoy it while
it's still there.