The opening of the old subway at Rochdale rail station is imminent

Date published: 22 June 2015

The opening of the old subway at Rochdale rail station is imminent and will mean that the present 350 yard walk from the tram and train car park to the stations will be shortened to just 40 yards.

The old subway has been refurbished in a way which emphasises the heritage features of the old station of 1889.

STORM has been pressing for this improvement for over ten years and with the support of councillors and officers of Rochdale Council and Transport for Greater Manchester the subway is almost ready for its re-opening.

STORM, which was founded in 1979 to fight the then proposed closure of the railway from Oldham to Rochdale, has a long history of successful campaigning for the improvement to rail facilities. These include restoration of the Sunday rail service on the Oldham line and extra trains on Sundays on the line from Littleborough, re-opening in 1985 of the closed stations at Mills Hill (originally closed in 1842) and Smithy Bridge (originally closed in 1960) and additional trains between Rochdale and Manchester especially during the evenings.

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