Town’s train to tram scheme
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.