Rochdale railway station
Rochdale railway station: platform & sign in 2007
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|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original station opened
Current station opened
Reduced to 3 platforms
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rochdale from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Rochdale railway station is a multi-modal transport hub in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a Northern Rail-operated heavy rail station on the Caldervale Line, and an adjoining light rail stop which is on Metrolink's Oldham and Rochdale Line. The original heavy rail element of the station was opened by the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1839 (for economical reasons) 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the south of Rochdale town centre. The Metrolink element opened in February 2013. Further changes to the station are planned as part of the Northern Hub rail-enhancement scheme.
The town's first station, which opened in 1839, was adjacent to Moss Lane and located around 300 yards (270 m) east of the present one. The single storey structure was replaced by the current depot in April 1889, being too small to handle the increasing traffic levels on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway's main line between Leeds & Manchester and the associated branch lines to Bury (1848), Oldham (1863) and Bacup (1881) that had subsequently been opened.
The present station previously served lines to Bolton (via Bury, closed in October 1970) and Bacup (closed June 1947) as well as the lines still in existence. It had eight platforms (four through platforms and four bays) and two entrances, one on Maclure Road and another on Miall Street. In 1979 the station was reduced to three platforms (with the closure and abandonment of the eastern island platform and its bays), and the Miall Street entrance was closed. Passengers now walk through a subway from the Maclure Road entrance and climb stairs to the main concourse, which includes a ticket office and snack bar.
Currently, only the two through platforms are regularly used: the former Oldham bay platform is still available but is normally only for stabling empty stock or turning back late-running trains from the Todmorden direction. Terminating trains from Manchester and beyond use the stub of the former Oldham branch (which has been converted into a turnback siding) to reverse clear of the main line. Signalling at the station has also been modernised, with colour lights controlled from Castleton replacing the semaphores previously in use (the old signal box at Rochdale had to be demolished in 2011 as it stood in the alignment of the planned Metrolink flyover).
|Rochdale Railway Station|
The Metrolink stop at Rochdale railway station, on its opening day
|Local authority||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale|
|Fare zone information|
|Present status||In operation|
|Opened||28 February 2013|
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Proposals to link Rochdale to a light rail system were put forward in the 1980s, but remained unfunded until the 2000s. Plans to extend Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail network to Rochdale were part expansion project Phase 3A, began in 2009. Under these plans, most of the Oldham Loop line was converted to light rail operation. Northern Rail services via Oldham ceased in October 2009, when the line closed to allow this conversion work to start. The Metrolink stop at Rochdale Railway Station opened to passengers on 28 February 2013. Trams now pass over the main Caldervale line on a flyover before descending to street level, en route to the new stop at the front of the main line station.
A further phase of the project (Phase 3B) proposed the addition of a Metrolink branch via the old branch line via Oldham Central and the extension of the northern end of the line via a line to Rochdale Town Centre. Following the rejection of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund in a referendum in 2008, Phase 3B of the project was in doubt until new funding from national and local government enabled the project to go ahead. Work to build these extensions is now underway, with the route through Oldham completed in January 2014 and the extension to the centre of Rochdale in late March 2014.
- 5 trams per hour to Rochdale Town Centre
- 5 trams per hour to East Didsbury
Since the December 2008 timetable change, the service on this route has been revamped. There are now four trains per hour to Manchester Victoria and three to Leeds during the daytime (Monday to Saturday) plus a fourth that now runs as far as Todmorden since the May 2014 timetable change (this will likely be extended to Burnley Manchester Road & Blackburn when the Todmorden Curve is fully commissioned in May 2015).
Two of the four Manchester trains run non-stop; the other two serve all stations. One of the latter (which now starts from Todmorden) continues to Wigan Wallgate. Eastbound there are two trains via Bradford Interchange (one calling only at Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Halifax, the other calling at all stations) to Leeds and one via Brighouse and Dewsbury.
In the evenings there is a half-hourly service each way, calling at all stations to Manchester Victoria southbound & to Todmorden northbound, with alternate trains extended on the latter to Leeds via Bradford. On Sundays there are also two trains per hour - one all stations Manchester to Todmorden service each way and an hourly Calder Valley service that runs non-stop to/from Manchester and then calls only at Littleborough en route to Todmorden but at all stations east of there.
There is a basic service of five trams per hour (every 12 minutes) to Oldham & Manchester Victoria tram stop, continuing via the city centre onto the South Manchester Line to East Didsbury each weekday from 06.00 until 00.30 Mon-Thurs and until 01.20 Fridays & Saturdays.
On Sundays between 09.00 and 18.00, a 12-minute frequency operates and a 15-minute service outside these times.
Park and Ride
The station is served by a 217 space Park and Ride car park. This is located on Hare Street to the rear of the railway station. This car park is available for users of both Metrolink and rail services.
Following Metrolink enhancements, £300,000 has been jointly invested by Network Rail, Northern and the GMITA to renovate the station, as part of the Department for Transport's National Station Improvement Programme. The CCTV system will be extended, and there will be upgraded toilets, improved flooring and work on the subway.
A further round of upgrades & improvements to the station were announced by the government in July 2012 as part of the Northern Hub rail upgrade scheme for the Manchester area. These will include the provision of a new turnback facility for terminating trains from the Manchester direction, extra tracks & platforms - most likely the reinstatement of the currently derelict eastern island - and the reopening of the closed off Miall St subway to connect with it. Completion of the works in the Manchester area could then permit through running from the station to Manchester Airport via the new Ordsall chord as well as to Liverpool and Blackpool via Manchester Victoria. The station will also likely be served by trains to and from Burnley Manchester Road and East Lancashire via Todmorden when the south to west curve there is reopened in 2015.
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- The Manchester and Leeds Railway by Martin Bairstow
- Lost Railways of Lancashire by Gordon Suggitt (ISBN 1-85306-801-2)
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- Rochdale Railway Station Metrolink station plans
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Caldervale Line or
|Smithy Bridge or
|Preceding station||Manchester Metrolink||Following station|
towards East Didsbury
|East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line||
Oldham Loop Line
Rochdale to Bacup Line
|Railways in Rochdale (Past, Present and Future)|