Metrolink services to Rochdale – the latest chapter of the network’s expansion – opened to passengers for the first time today.
Continuing on from the existing Oldham line at Shaw & Crompton, the 7.4km (4.6-mile) extension runs to Rochdale Railway Station, serving the former railway stations at Newhey and Milnrow and two brand new destinations: Kingsway and Newbold.
The first in-service tram from Rochdale Railway Station on Thursday left at 5.59am, while the first tram to Rochdale left Manchester Victoria at 5.08am.
Services 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.
Tickets from Rochdale Railway Station to Shaw & Crompton, and all stops between, cost £1.80 for a peak ‘anytime’ single and £2.60 for a peak ‘anytime’ return.
The same tickets from Rochdale Railway Station to stops between Derker and Failsworth, including Oldham Mumps, cost £2.10 and £3.60. Similarly, tickets to all stops in Manchester city centre (including Piccadilly and Deansgate-Castlefield) cost £4.10 and £6.20 respectively.
A range of weekly, four-weekly, quarterly and annual season tickets offer even greater value.