Milnrow Metrolink station
Milnrow Metrolink station, in February 2013
Location of Milnrow in Greater Manchester
|Local authority||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale|
|Fare zone information|
|Present status||In operation|
|Opened||2 November 1863|
|Closed as rail station||3 October 2009|
|Conversion to Metrolink operation||28 February 2013|
|UK Trams portal|
Milnrow Metrolink station is a stop on the Oldham and Rochdale Line (ORL) of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. It opened to passengers on 28 February 2013 and is located in Milnrow, a part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, England.
The station sits on the site of Milnrow railway station, a regional rail station which opened on 2 November 1863 and closed on 3 October 2009 for conversion from heavy rail to light rail. It was along the Oldham Loop Line, which operated from Manchester to Rochdale via Oldham and thus was almost identical to the current Metrolink route.
At the time the station opened it was as part of a new line from Oldham Mumps to Rochdale East Junction, and created a Middleton Junction to Rochdale route. In 1880 a line was built from Oldham Werneth to Thorpes Bridge Junction near Newton Heath. Subsequently the whole Thorpes Bridge Junction to Rochdale East Junction route became known as the Oldham Loop Line. The pattern of train services on the Oldham Loop Line involved a greater number of trains serving the Oldham stations, and less services continuing on to Milnrow and Rochdale. In the 1960s and 1970s fewer and fewer trains ran from Oldham Mumps to Rochdale, and in May 1972 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that this part of the Oldham Loop including Milnrow Station would be closed. The closure did not go ahead because what later became the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) agreed to fund the continuation of services (though the line through the station was subsequently singled between Rochdale & Shaw). The involvement of the GMPTE also lead to a more frequent pattern of trains serving the Oldham Mumps to Rochdale section including Milnrow.
The station closed on 3 October 2009 for the conversion of the line to Metrolink and re-opened as Milnrow Metrolink station on 28 February 2013. The route was re-doubled as part of the conversion work to allow a more frequent service to operate than before.
Milnrow is located on the Oldham & Rochdale Line with trams towards East Didsbury via Manchester city centre and Rochdale railway station running every 12 minutes throughout the day Mondays to Saturdays and Sunday daytime, while on Sunday evening, trams run every 15 minutes.
- 5 trams per hour to Rochdale railway station
- 5 trams per hour to East Didsbury
Connecting bus routes
|Route||Destination 1||Destination 2||Operator||Service||Stop Location|
|58||Rochdale via Firgrove, Newbold||Middleton via Newhey , Shaw Derker , Oldham , Chadderton, Mills Hill||FirstGroup||Mon-Sat Daytime||Newhey Road|
|181||Rochdale via Firgrove, Newbold||Manchester via Newhey , Shaw , Heyside, Royton, Boundary Park, Chadderton, New Moston , Central Park
(Monday-Saturday Daytime services operate from Shaw, Wren's Nest)
All day Sunday
|182||Rochdale via Firgrove, Newbold||Manchester via Newhey , Shaw , Royton, Royal Oldham Hospital, Chadderton, Newton Heath Central Park||FirstGroup||Daytime & Evening||Newhey Road|
|462||Rochdale via The Cray, Kingsway Business Park , Firgrove, Newbold||Ladyhouse Estate||FirstGroup||Mon-Sat Daytime||Newhey Raod|
|451a||Rochdale via Firgrove, Newbold||Peppermint Bridge via Newhey||Rosso||Mon-Sat Evening||Newhey Road|
Other services in Milnrow are the daytime 451 service which operates via Kiln Lane, Holt Estate and Milnrow Precint, and service 452 which operates to Littleborough via Kiln Lane, Holt Estate and Hollingworth Lake.
- "Next stop: Rochdale!". Transport for Greater Manchester. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- "Metrolink - Tram Times - Milnrow". Metrolink. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
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|Preceding station||Manchester Metrolink||Following station|
towards East Didsbury
|East Didsbury – Rochdale Railway Station Line||
towards Rochdale Railway Station
|Oldham and Rochdale Line||
towards Rochdale Town Centre
Oldham Loop Line
|Railways in Rochdale (Past, Present and Future)|