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Rochdale railway station serves the town of Rochdalemarker in Greater Manchestermarker, Englandmarker. The Manchester and Leeds Railway opened 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 Caldervale Line, which is managed by Northern Rail. The station was also on the Oldham Loop Line until the line's closure in October 2009, in preparation for conversion to Manchester Metrolink. Metrolink trams are due to commence operation from Rochdale railway station in spring 2012.


The original station opened in 1839 adjacent to Moss Lane, to the east of the current station which was opened in 1889.

The current station previously served lines to Boltonmarker (via Bury) and Bacupmarker as well as the lines still in existence. It had eight platforms (four through platforms & four bays) and two entrances, one on Maclure Road and another on Miall Street. In 1979 the station was reduced to three platforms (with the closure & abandonment of the eastern island platform and its bays) and the Miall Street entrance was closed. Passengers now walk through a subway from the Maclure Road entrance and climb stairs to the main concourse which includes a ticket office and snack bar.


Caldervale Line

Since the December 2008 timetable change, the service on this route has been revamped - there are now four trains per hour to Manchester Victoriamarker and three to Leedsmarker during the daytime (Monday to Saturday). Two of the four Manchester trains run non-stop, whilst the other two serve all intermediate stations. One of the latter (which starts from Rochdale) continues to Boltonmarker and Wigan Wallgatemarker. Eastbound there are two trains that run via Bradford Interchangemarker (one calling only at Todmordenmarker, Hebden Bridgemarker and Halifaxmarker, the other calling at all stations) to Leeds and one via Brighousemarker and Dewsburymarker.

In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service stopping at all stations to Manchester Victoria and Leeds via Bradford.

Frontage of Rochdale station, September 2007

Future plans

Plans to extend Manchester Metrolink light rail network to Rochdale, as part of the "Big Bang" Metrolink expansion project (Phase 3A). began in 2009. Under these plans, part of the Oldham Loop Line will be converted to light rail operation. Northern Rail services via Oldham ceased in October 2009, when the line closed to allow this conversion work to start.

A further phase of the project (Phase 3B) proposes the addition of a Metrolink branch via the old branch line via Oldham Centralmarker and the extension of the northern end of the line via a tram line into Rochdale Town Centremarker.

Proposals to link Rochdale to a light rail system have been put forward since the 1980s, but remained unfunded until recently. Following the rejection of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund in a public referendum in 2008, Phase 3B of the project seemed in doubt until new funding from national and local government enabled the project to go ahead.



  • 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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