New bay platform at Rochdale Train Station

Date published: 16 November 2015

Rochdale Train Station is set to get a new bay platform.

The platform is set to be built on the Manchester side of the station and it is hoped that work will be completed by May 2016.

Work is currently being undertaken to remove trees and the old platform to allow the Manchester track to be moved across, to make way for new points and track into the bay platform.

The platform will extend down to the bridge so that it will be able to hold between a six and eight car diesel multiple unit (DMU).

The track from Rochdale to Mills Hill is also being increased in speed from 70mph to 85mph and is being re-signalled.

It is understood that the idea is to run some of the trains that terminate at Victoria Station through to Rochdale, i.e. Liverpool and Blackpool and possibly direct trains to the Airport via the new Victoria/Piccadilly link.

Network Rail did not respond to a request for comment.

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