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Below contains all the travel details for the Sale Sharks v Wasps match on Saturday 22nd September. Kick-off is 3:00pm and the Stockport and Trafford Centre shuttle buses are running as normal.

The stadium concourses are open from 1:00pm so supporters can either enjoy the Marquee or spend their time in the stadium.

The Warburton bridge will not be toll-free for this fixture.

Please be aware Manchester United are playing at 3:00pm on Saturday so there may be delays in the area.

Book on the Stockport shuttle bus here

The cost is £6.50 for a return journey which is paid when boarding the bus

Bus timetable

1:00pm – Mercian Way, Stockport

1:20pm – Cheadle, Stockport

1:30 – Parrswood, Disbury

14:10 – Arrive at AJ Bell Stadium

The free shuttle buses will run from stand 1 at Trafford Centre bus station between 1:00pm and 3:00pm before the game and for 90 minutes post match for Sale Sharks v Wasps.

Sale Sharks will be paying for a return shuttle bus service which will leave from Stand 1 at the Intu Trafford Centre bus station for all 2018/19 home games so why not take advantage of the food and shopping on offer after the match.

Benefits of the shuttle bus:

  • It’s free! Sale Sharks will foot the bill to make sure our supporters only have the game to worry about.
  • You avoid the M60 and the traffic.
  • The buses will typically start running 1hr 30mins before kick off, which will give supporters plenty of time to enjoy our pre-match entertainment.
  • The buses are the first vehicles to depart after the game meaning you get away from the stadium first. All cars in the car parks are held back until the buses have left.
  • The Intu Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with 280 stores, every food outlet you could imagine as well as an 18 lane bowling alley, arcade and cinema!
  • You get to enjoy the atmosphere with hundreds of other Sharks fans using the service. You can discuss the match, talk tactics and just generally enjoy the Sale Sharks experience on the way to the game.
  • For more information on our shuttle bus service please email info@salesharks.com


Can I park at the ground?

There is parking available at the stadium and it costs £8 (cash only on the day) but we highly recommend that you book it in advance online via this link https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salesharksrugby/Events/Index or by calling 0161 786 1574 then Option 2.

Disabled Parking: Please contact the AJ Bell Stadium direct to book this – 0161 786 1574

Motorcycles: These can be parked at the stadium for free

Coaches and Mini-buses: Parking is free, but please contact the stadium in advance to let them know that you will be coming in a large vehicle so you can be allocated a space – 0161 786 1574


There is no on-street parking near the stadium, and parking at City Airport (Barton) is available but limited for a fee. Do NOT park in the layby near the airport as it blocks access for emergency vehicles and you will get a parking ticket.


The road, called the Salford Western Gateway, is the new section of the A57, which connects the A57 Liverpool Road with Trafford Way and crosses the Manchester Ship Canal using the new lifting bridge. You can park for free at the Trafford Centre and the walk to the stadium takes around 20 minutes.

How do I get to the AJ Bell?

Postcode for sat nav – M30 7LJ

There may be occasions when car park access and egress is disrupted or delayed by circumstances beyond control of the Stadium Company, such as busy trading days at the Intu (Trafford) Centre and localised heavy traffic due to roadworks or road traffic accidents. Please be assured that the car park staff are doing their utmost to minimise delays.

From the North

M6 then at Jcn 21 take the A57

M61 then us the 2 right lanes to merge onto the M60 signposted M60/Ring Road W/Ring Road S/Mcr Airport/Trafford Park/L’pool/B’ham. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).


From the East

M62 then merge onto the M60. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).


From the West

Liverpool – M62 then join the M60 at Jcn 12. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).

Chester – M56 to Jcn 9 then take the M6, then at Jcn 21 take the A57

From the South

M5 to the M6, then at Jcn 21 take the A57.

Alternatively, if you come on the M6 then use the M56/M60, please note that the A556 has been re-routed between M6 Jcn 19 to the M56, making the journey much smoother as it now flows from one into the other without using the roundabout.


You can avoid delays on the clockwise M60 or at Junction 11 by using the new bridge which connects the Trafford Centre to the AJ Bell Stadium. Sometimes it is quicker to go past Jcn 11 and continue to Jcn 10, then come off here and use the new road to the stadium.


We suggest that you use the Google Maps app with traffic notifications to check the status of the M5/M6/A57/A556/M56/M60 as you are travelling to avoid any hold ups. As of yet the new section isn’t ‘live’ on Google traffic updates but this should be updated in the future.

Please do not use this unless you have someone with you; it is against the law to drive and use a mobile

phone at the same time

Manchester City Centre and Eccles take the 67 to Liverpool Road, Irlam. Please be aware that for evening matches there can be congestion on Liverpool Road and so the bus can be caught up in this. Alternatively you can get a bus to the Trafford Centre then the free shuttle – www.gmpte.com


The nearest train stations are Irlam and Patricroft. From both stations walk to Liverpool Road and take the number 67 bus (as above).


The nearest Metrolink tram stop is Eccles. From here, the stadium is approximately 40 minutes’ walk or take the number 67 bus along Liverpool Road as above, or get a taxi.

Ticket Office

This is located to the right of the glass-fronted Main Reception in the West Stand. There is usually at least one COLLECTIONS window along with several SALES windows where staff will be able to advise you on locations of seats and sell you tickets. Card and cash payments accepted (not Amex).


Sale Sharks Shop

Selling everything from player replica shirts to rugby balls to dog leads, we have something for everyone. The shop is open 4 hours before kick-off and re-opens at the final whistle for around an hour, or subject to demand. It is located to the left of the glass-fronted Main Reception in the West Stand.


Food and Drink

There are a number of hot food outlets around the outside of the stadium, and inside there are kiosks in each stand selling pies, hot dogs, hot and cold drinks and alcoholic drinks.


Real Ale

Real ale is available pre- and post-match in the Sharquee and pre- and during the match in the Printerland Stand, and movement between stands is allowed so you can access the bar (you cannot cross the West Stand team areas).


Lost Property

If you find, or lose something, please contact the nearest steward, or contact Main Reception on 0161 786 1574.



We use a traffic management company to control vehicles leaving the stadium car parks and to allow pedestrians to leave safely too.


At final whistle the car parks are ‘locked down’ for around 15 minutes to allow pedestrians to leave, then once it is deemed safe cars are released from the car parks.


If you need a taxi please go to Main Reception for local taxi information.


Time Saving Tips –

  • Arrive Early – we can’t stress this enough and we want supporters to enjoy the matchday experience as much as possible and avoid any traffic issues
  • Pre-book your parking
  • Have car parking passes ready for stewards or your seasonal hanger displayed on your mirror. If paying on the day (not recommended) then please have £7 in change ready to pay
  • Print tickets at home if possible to avoid box office queues

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