Oldham Mumps tram stop
|Location||Oldham, Metropolitan Borough of Oldham|
|Line(s)||Oldham and Rochdale Line|
|Opened||1 November 1847|
|3 October 2009||Closed as a rail station|
|13 June 2012 (temporary station)|
27 January 2014 (opening date of permanent station)
|Conversion to Metrolink operation|
A temporary stop of the same name opened to passengers on 13 June 2012 as part of Phase 3a of the system's expansion. Phase 3b resulted in the stop's decommissioning in 2014, and its replacement with the permanent stop at the opposite end of Mumps on a realigned track. The temporary stop was on the site of the original Oldham Mumps railway station, a heavy rail station which opened (initially for haulage) on 1 November 1847 and closed on 3 October 2009 for conversion to Metrolink. 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.
Mainline rail station
Oldham Mumps railway station opened on 1 November 1847 to serve the town of Oldham. The station was a primary station located on the Oldham Loop Line 7+1⁄2 mi (12.1 km) north east of Manchester Victoria operated and managed by Northern Rail.
The station was reached across the dual-carriageway Oldham bypass, a difficult walk from the town centre. A pedestrian underpass led to the island platform, where there was a ticket office.
The station closed due to the conversion of the line to Metrolink on 3 October 2009 and, by May 2010, had been completely demolished. The station canopy has been saved. It was bought by the East Lancashire Railway after a successful public fund-raising campaign. It is hoped that the canopy will be installed at Bury Bolton Street.
Temporary tram stop
In June 2010, the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) announced that as part of the conversion of the former Oldham loop, it would submit a planning application for a temporary Metrolink terminus at Oldham Mumps, close to the site of the former railway station. Services to the temporary terminus commenced on Wednesday 13 June 2012
The 'temporary' Oldham Mumps Metrolink Station closed on 18 January 2014.
Permanent tram stop
- 12 minute service to Shaw and Crompton with double trams in the peak
- 12 minute service to Rochdale Town Centre with double trams in the peak
- 6 minute service to East Didsbury with double trams in the peak
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- "Date set for Oldham Metrolink line". North West Place. 18 December 2013.
- Gibb, Robert (2005). Greater Manchester: A panorama of people and places in Manchester and its surrounding towns. Myriad. ISBN 1-904736-86-6.
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