15 November 2013

New year, new Metrolink line for Oldham

Oldham’s new town centre Metrolink line is on course to open ahead of schedule, following a change to the dates for the redevelopment of Network Rail’s Manchester Victoria station and tram stop.

The Oldham town centre line has four new stops – Westwood, Oldham King Street, Oldham Central and Oldham Mumps, with the latter integrating tram and bus services and providing a new, free park and ride site for Metrolink passengers.

It had been scheduled to open in spring 2014, but is now in line to open early in the new year.

That is possible because the redevelopment work at Manchester Victoria station and tram stop – and the associated Metrolink service changes* – has been rescheduled from January to the end of February/early March (with full details and revised timing to follow).

This allows the diversion of the temporary Oldham-Rochdale line to the new Oldham town centre route to be done beforehand, rather than after.

Diverting the line will require a weeklong closure of the existing line between Central Park and Rochdale Railway Station – but will be followed immediately by the launch of the town centre line into passenger service.

More details on the timing of the closure, the accompanying replacement bus services and the actual launch date for the town centre line, will be provided closer to the time.

Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “It’s been several months since we announced the changes in store at Victoria and in that time we’ve been able to develop the detail and also make great progress on the Oldham town centre line.

“The two taken together have presented the window of opportunity to deliver Oldham’s new line much earlier than expected, which is fantastic.

“There is a lot of work to get through before we can be more specific on exactly when the town centre line will open, but we’ll make sure everyone is kept up to speed as things progress so people can plan and prepare accordingly.”

For more information about the Metrolink expansion, click here, email future.metrolink@TFGM.com or call 0161 244 1555 (lines are open from 9am to 5pm).


*To read the original announcement on the Victoria project, which details the improvements being made and the associated temporary service changes, click here.

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