This 14 mile (22.5 km) extension to Oldham and Rochdale leaves the Bury Metrolink line just outside the city centre and runs along the abandoned railway corridor to Central Park in East Manchester. Here it joins the former Oldham loop rail line between Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale, which has been 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 have rebuilt the previous railway stations or constructed new Metrolink stops at Monsall, Central Park, Newton Heath and Moston, Failsworth, Hollinwood, South Chadderton, Freehold, Oldham Mumps, Derker, Shaw and Crompton, Newhey, Milnrow, Kingsway Business Park, 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 have also refurbished nearly 100 bridges and structures along the route.
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.
The extension to Oldham Mumps (temporary) stop was opened in June 2012, the line to Shaw and Crompton opened on 16th December, 2012 and on 28th February, 2013 the line opened to Rochdale Railway Station.
Oldham town centre – overview
Work is underway 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 run 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.
Rochdale town centre – overview
The Rochdale town centre extension continues from Rochdale Railway Station along Maclure Road, runs downhill along Drake Street and terminates at the new Metrolink stop on Smith Street. Construction work is well advanced, with track and highway alignment works underway, to be followed by the installation of overhead line equipment..
Maps of the new Oldham and Rochdale line
View an overview map of the new Oldham and Rochdale line.
For a more detailed area map:
View the Oldham and Rochdale line from Hollinwood to Derker.
View the Oldham and Rochdale line from Derker to Rochdale.