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|Key:||possible future stop|
|Oldham town centre and Rochdale town centre lines due for completion in 2014|
Note: We are currently working on detailed designs for the revised Oldham Mumps stop near to the existing bus stands which includes a new park and ride facility.
|Oldham Mumps (Temporary):||2012|
|Rochdale Railway Station:||2012|
|Oldham town centre:||2014|
|Rochdale town centre:||2014|
|Newton Heath & Moston||(0.1MB)|
|Oldham King Street||(0.1MB)|
|Shaw and Crompton||(0.3MB)|
|Rochdale Railway Station||(0.1MB)|
|Rochdale Town Centre||(0.2MB)|
This 14 mile (22.5 km) extension to Oldham and Rochdale will leave the Bury Metrolink line just outside the city centre and run along the abandoned railway corridor to Central Park in East Manchester. Here it will join the former Oldham loop rail line between Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale, which is being converted to Metrolink. The Oldham loop rail line closed in October 2009 to enable the work to start to convert it to Metrolink operations.
As part of the project, we are rebuilding the previous railway stations or constructing new Metrolink stops at Monsall, Central Park, Newton Heath and Moston, Failsworth, Hollinwood, South Chadderton, Freehold, Oldham Mumps, Derker, Shaw and Crompton, Newhey, Milnrow, Newbold and Rochdale Railway Station (on Maclure Road). Park and Ride facilities will be provided at Hollinwood and Derker and existing parking facilities will be refurbished at Shaw and Crompton and Milnrow.
As part of the work to build the new Metrolink Oldham and Rochdale line, we are also refurbishing nearly 100 bridges and structures along the route.
Find out more about the alternative travel arrangements whilst the railway line is converted to Metrolink.
In May 2009, a special fund of £1.5 billion was agreed for 15 transport schemes in Greater Manchester. These include further extensions to the Oldham and Rochdale town centres. The final funding approval was secured and the contract for the main Contractor was awarded in August 2010.
Work has begun to construct a Metrolink extension through Oldham town centre. This extension will divert from the Oldham Rochdale line near the Westwood business park. It will head north through the business park and running parallel to Featherstall Road. The route then turns east to follow Middleton Road before heading South towards Manchester Street roundabout. The route crosses Manchester Street roundabout, heads along Union Street and then joins the Oldham Rochdale line again at Mumps.
This extension will have four new stops at Westwood, King Street, Union Street and Oldham Mumps. The proposals at Oldham Mumps will see an intergrated Metrolink and bus interchange along with a new park and ride site. Once complete in 2014, the temporary section of the Oldham Rochdale line, to the south of Oldham town centre, will be decommissioned.
The Rochdale town centre extension will continue from Rochdale Railway Station along Maclure Road. At the top of Maclure Road the line turns right along Drake Street, runs downhill and finishes at the new Metrolink stop on Smith Street to provide a link from the Railway Station to the main town centre. Work is underway on the Rochdale Town Centre extension, with the utilities being diverted away from the route of the tram before the main construction work starts.
View an overview map of the new Oldham and Rochdale line.
For a more detailed area map:
View the Oldham and Rochdale line from Monsall to South Chadderton.
View the Oldham and Rochdale line from Hollinwood to Derker.
View the Oldham and Rochdale line from Derker to Rochdale.
Metrolink is now carrying out tests on the new Oldham and Rochdale Metrolink line, using vehicles from its fleet of new M5000 trams. These tests will continue over the coming months. Here are some of the very first pictures of trams on the line in the Oldham area: Image 1 | Image 2 | Image 3