Rochdale railway station
serves the town of Rochdale
in Greater Manchester
. The Manchester and Leeds Railway
opened a station serving the town in the 19th century. The station was built, for reasons of economy of building and operation, some distance to the South (and up a steep hill) from the town centre.
The station is on the Caldervale Line
, which is managed by Northern Rail
. The station also had a bay platform which was the terminus for Oldham Loop Line
services until the line's closure in October 2009, in preparation for conversion to Manchester Metrolink
. Metrolink trams are due to commence operation from Rochdale railway station in spring 2012.
The original station opened in 1839 adjacent to Moss Lane, to the east of the current station which was opened in 1889.
The current station previously served lines to Bolton
(via Bury) and Bacup
as well as the lines still in existence. It had eight platforms (four through platforms & 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 & 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.
Since the December 2008 timetable change, the service on this route has... Read More