Town’s train to tram scheme

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

PAS­SEN­GERS ar­riv­ing at Rochdale train sta­tion will soon be able to use their rail ticket to travel into the town cen­tre by tram – at no ex­tra charge.

Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham has given the green light for a pi­lot ‘in­te­grated tick­et­ing of­fer’ to make the heart of Rochdale a more at­trac­tive place to live or visit. Rail users would be able to use their ticket on the Metrolink, al­low­ing them to travel from the sta­tion to Smith Street – where the new River­side de­vel­op­ment is be­ing built. A new shop­ping cen­tre and cin­ema are due to open there next Easter, while phase two of the project will see work be­gin on more than 200 apart­ments soon af­ter.

And Mr Burn­ham be­lieves it is im­por­tant to sup­port town cen­tre liv­ing - in­tended to re­vive the high street and re­duce build­ing on green belt - by im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port. He told a meet­ing of Greater Manch­ester Com­bined Au­thor­ity: “I can con­firm we will launch a pi­lot to see what ef­fect it has on the wider sys­tem - and how af­ford­able that might be.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.