Rochdale’s excellent transport links have moved up a gear, with the opening of a new link road to connect Oldham Road and Rochdale railway station.
The £300,000 Lincoln Street link, which was funded by the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority), means easier access to the borough’s major railway station and car park from the south, and will reduce traffic congestion around Drake Street and the main station entrance.
Brownfield land in the area will be redeveloped as housing and employment space
It also makes land in the immediate area more accessible and attractive to investors. We're already planning to create some new industrial units close to the site, as part of our commitment to create 40 new industrial units to meet the growing demand for business space. A planning application for new housing development on the brownfield land, which is owned by us, is also expected to be submitted by the autumn of 2018.
The link road is one of many improvements which are planned for the railway station, following the addition of a 3rd platform last year to boost the number of trains from Rochdale to Manchester from 4 to 6 an hour.
New link road will be followed by improvements to the station entrance
We're working with Network Rail and TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) on designs for a new station entrance and are looking at increasing capacity at the free rail users’ car park in Miall Street, which currently has 217 spaces.
Rochdale is also now connected directly to Manchester Oxford Road, following the recent opening of the Ordsall Chord, which links Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. By 2019, Rochdale will have a new hourly express rail service to Manchester Airport going through Manchester Piccadilly.
Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration, business, skills and employment, said:
“With 3 motorway junctions, 6 Metrolink stops and 5 railway stations in the borough, we’re really well connected, which is great news for our businesses and residents.
“This link road will improve our already fantastic transport links and its completion is an important part of the council’s regeneration plans for the wider station area. The link road will be a catalyst for even more investment in this important gateway.”