Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now OXFORD ROAD

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now OXFORD ROAD

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Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now

THIS week our main image, dating from 1930, shows a stretch of Oxford Road that will be well known to Manchester students past and present.

Ackers Street is on the left and the gates of the Holy Name Church are just visible. The spire of Manchester Royal Infirmary can be seen in the distance.

No trace remains of the overhead tram cables, shops or rows of terraced houses. The tram system in 1930 was one of the largest in the UK with more than 160 miles of track crossing the city.

Now the car is king and Oxford Road is one of Manchester's most trafficladen thoroughfares. It's also the busiest bus route in Europe with vehicles heading for Fallowfield and Didsbury and many more destinations besides. …

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