- Rochdale railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Rochdale
code = RCD
borough = Rochdale
1839 1889 1979
events = Original station opened
Current station opened
Reduced to 3 platforms
platforms = 3
usage0405 = 0.598
usage0506 = 0.641
usage0607 = 0.652|
Rochdale railway station serves the town of
Rochdalein Greater Manchester, England. The Manchester and Leeds Railwayopened 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
Oldham Loop Lineand the Caldervale Lineand is managed by Northern Rail. They also operate all train services from Rochdale.
The original station opened in
1839adjacent to Moss Lane, to the east of the current station which was opened in 1889.
The station was formerly much larger than today (only one of the two island platforms is now used), serving a line to
Boltonand another to Bacupas well as the lines still in existence. Passengers now walk through a subwayand climb stairs to the main concourse which includes a ticket office and snack bar.
In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service stopping at all stations to Manchester Victoria and Leeds.
Future plans from December 2008
Northern Rail have proposed changes to the Caldervale line services from December 2008. Three trains per hour will run between Leeds and Manchester Victoria - one will be the current stopping service, one will go via Dewsbury and Brighouse, and include stops at Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton, and one will be a limited stop service - between Bradford and Manchester the service will only call at Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale.
Oldham Loop Line
In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service from Rochdale to Manchester Victoria via Oldham Mumps only. Caldervale Line trains provide the service via Castleton.
Northern Rail services via Oldham will cease in October 2009, when the line closes to allow work to start on converting the route to Metrolink operation [ [http://www.gmpte.com/content.cfm?subcategory_id=6029059 Future Metrolink Oldham Rochdale Line] ] .
*The Oldham Loop by Jeffrey Wells (ISBN 1-870119-76-2)
*The Manchester and Leeds Railway by Martin Bairstow
*Lost Railways of Lancashire by Gordon Suggitt (ISBN 1-85306-801-2)
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