The station at Kingsway in January 2013, awaiting completion
Following the rejection of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund the station had an unknown future being unfunded by the rest of the 3A and 3B program with suggestions private contributions would be required for construction to proceed.
In March 2011 it was proposed to cancel the plans for Drake Street Metrolink station for being too close to Rochdale Station Metrolink stop and generate efficiency savings while it was also noted a significant gap in coverage existed around Kingsway which could lead to the construction of Kingsway Business Park after all. On 8 July 2011 the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee gave approval of the station after Rochdale Council pledged £2.5m towards the stop.
From nearby Rochdale Road, First services 58, 181 and 182 runs north to Rochdale and south to Shaw via Milnrow, replicating the tram route. The 58 running southbound to Middleton via Oldham, while services 181 and 182 run to Manchester via Royton and Chadderton. First/Rossendalebus/Manchester Community Transport service 451 runs between Rochdale and Peppermint Bridge via Milnrow and Newhey.