Work starts on train station subway

Date published: 04 February 2015

Work on the currently disused Rochdale train station subway, accessed from Miall Street, is now under way.

The 40-metre-long subway will be re-opened and renovated, providing a shorter and more accessible route from the park and ride car park on Hare Street.

The subway, which was closed 36 years ago and has fallen into disrepair, will be furnished with new signs, railings, LED lighting, CCTV, concrete flooring and a new drainage system.

Many of the heritage features from the original subway will be kept and restored, such as the ironwork, bridge decks, heritage railings, Yorkstone flooring and the brown, cream and light blue tiling inside the tunnel. Historic photographs of how the station used to look will also be featured on the walls and railings.

The work is being carried out by Jamieson Contracting.

Ian Joslin, area director for Network Rail, said: “Reopening the subway and improving links between the station, car park and the Metrolink stop will contribute to a significant improvement of the station area.”

The project will be funded by Transport for Greater Manchester, Rochdale Borough Council and Network Rail and is scheduled for completion in spring this year.

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