Metrolink 3b - Rochdale train station to the town centre
From Rochdale train station the route continues along Maclure Road and then along Drake Street to terminate on Smith Street in the town centre.
Metrolink opened in the town centre on Monday 31st March 2014.
Metrolink 3a – Oldham to Rochdale train station
Metrolink services to Rochdale opened Thursday 28 February.
Services will run every 12 minutes, calling at key employment centres at Kingsway, Shaw & Crompton, Oldham Mumps, Central Park and Manchester city centre.
More than 200 park-and-ride spaces are also be available to passengers travelling on Metrolink and heavy rail services from Rochdale with plans being progressed to improve the connections to this car park.
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The Metrolink work on Drake Street has inevitably caused some disruption, with temporary footpath diversion routes in place during the works but the shops, independents and businesses on Drake Street remained open. The work is now complete with the fencing removed opening up Drake Street for pedestrians.
Plans for improvements to Drake Street and Wet Rake Gardens are being progressed starting with new street plates and blue plaques recognising Drake Street's important heritage.
Wet Rake Gardens will be enhanced by a package of works, including new lighting, benches, railings, wall repairs and the installation of a traditional red telephone box.
To improve the appearance of Drake Street, an important route into the town, a programme of small property improvement works is progressing with the owners of the properties identified for inclusion.
Other projects along Drake Street include trees in planters, litter bins, the installation of information boards and finger posts.