New shop­ping cen­tre road ‘marks an­other mile­stone’

Rochdale Observer - - MEMORY WALK - Emma.curry@reach­plc.com @em­malouise­curry

ANEW road is open in Rochdale town cen­tre as the Rochdale River­side shop­ping and leisure de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues to take shape.

New Bail­lie Street links Penn Street with John Street, while Mil­ton Street is closed so that con­trac­tors can pre­pare the ground for the two-storey Marks & Spencer store, which will an­chor the £80 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

Driv­ers trav­el­ling down Penn Street are be­ing di­rected left along the new road, and can then turn left or right onto John Street.

The new road opened on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 5), which is the next step in the scheme, af­ter steel­work was erected for the six-screen cinema on the south side of the de­vel­op­ment, close to the re­opened river.

Coun Allen Brett, the leader of Rochdale coun­cil, said: “The open­ing of this new road marks yet an­other mile­stone for this fan­tas­tic de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s great to see such rapid progress be­ing made and the site al­ready looks hugely dif­fer­ent, with ma­jor changes still to come.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Rochdale River­side scheme and any changes to roads and park­ing, visit www.rochdale­town cen­tre.com.

●●From left, coun­cil leader Allen Brett with Andy Slater, build man­ager on the Rochdale River­side site

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