Report - Rochdale Station, Overgrown side - Sept 2014

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Jun 15, 2011
The town's first station, which opened in 1839, was adjacent to Moss Lane and located around 300 yards (270 m) east of the present one. The single storey structure was replaced by the current depot in April 1889, being too small to handle the increasing traffic levels on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway's main line between Leeds & Manchester and the associated branch lines to Bury (1848), Oldham (1863) and Bacup (1881) that had subsequently been opened.

The present station previously served lines to Bolton (via Bury, closed in October 1970) and Bacup (closed June 1947) as well as the lines still in existence. It had eight platforms (four through platforms and 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 and abandonment of the eastern island platform and its bays), and the Miall Street entrance was closed.
I heard about this yesterday (13-9-14) and decided to pop down









Very nice, but 'abandoned' access may be short lived, as I remembered something from the back of my mind about a planned subway from Rochdale Station to Miall Street and to me it would seem that this disused subway may well be opened back up for access

Here is a Late 2013 plan:

Rochdale Station Gateway

The area around the train station is changing considerably with the recent introduction of the Metrolink which offers visitors and residents easy access to the town centre as well as Kingsway Business Park and Manchester City Centre. Within the area lies Rochdale Fire Station which is refined landmark building lying opposite St. John’s R.C. Church. The pair sit each side of a short boulevard (Maclure Road) and create a formal entrance to Rochdale from the train station.

In recent times the area has benefitted from private investment with various shops and services openings. As part of the Northern Hub proposals the Train Station will be upgraded to allow faster and more frequent trains to operate.

Rochdale Station development map (10MB pdf)

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