Vital thoroughfare in step with improved town centre

posted 10 Dec 2014, 03:06 by Rochdale TC

Bank Steps, which link Baillie Street and Yorkshire Street in Rochdale town centre, have reopened following a month-long refurbishment.

The steps, which were originally built in the 19th century and are part of the Town Centre Conservation area, have been repaired and refurbished to make them safer and more attractive. A handrail has also been put in place to improve safety.

The council’s Bridges & Structures team re-used much of the original stone to help reduce costs and retain the steps’ traditional look.

As well as improving the appearance of the area, the move is set to make it easier for people to travel around the town centre and boost businesses in the vital Christmas trading period.

Graeme Fitchett, Manager of Marks and Spencer in Rochdale, said:” We’ve had feedback from our customers that they think the steps are looking really good. This will make a significant difference to our footfall as we get ready for the busiest two weeks of the year, so we’re really pleased.”