Shining bright: new lighting scheme set to highlight Rochdale’s re-opened bridge

posted 3 Jun 2016, 08:30 by Rochdale TC
The lights being tested on the bridge 

Visitors will be able to enjoy Rochdale’s soon to be re-opened bridge day and night, following the installation of a new set of lights along its footpath.

The low energy LED lights, which have been installed in the pavements, project upwards, illuminating the new parapets, which have been built in the same stone that was originally used to construct the bridge, millstone grit.

The lights, which have been funded by developer contributions from the new Aldi supermarket in Mellor Street, will also be able to change colour, so they can be altered to mark well-known days and celebrations, including Red Nose Day and the borough’s annual Feel Good Festival.

Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, Councillor Richard Farnell, said: “This lighting feature really is the icing on the cake for this fantastic project and will enable people to get a totally new prospective on our stunning bridge.

“The fusion of the best of the old and new is what Rochdale town centre’s regeneration is all about and this modern twist on our heritage is a great example of this.”

The bridge and river are expected to be open to the public in the next few weeks. The lighting has been successfully tested and is expected to be ready for the official opening in June.

The official opening will be marked by a celebration event, featuring heritage themed activities for families, children and adults. It will take place around the reopened river and town hall on Saturday 25 June from 12 noon to 4pm. The event is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please visit