The first in-service trams began operating on the new Oldham town centre line in January 2014.
This line has four stops – Westwood, Oldham King Street, Oldham Central and Oldham Mumps – with the latter integrating tram and bus services and providing a new, free park and ride site for Metrolink passengers.
Journeys from Rochdale to Manchester Victoria now take around 45 minutes, while journeys from Oldham Mumps take around half an hour.
Metrolink represents the borough’s biggest-ever infrastructure project and has provided the catalyst for our wide-ranging regeneration plans for the town centre, including the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall into a multiplex cinema with seven screens and six restaurants.
Oldham town centre’s public realm has also seen significant improvement, particularly around the Mumps stop, Oldham Central and at other key sites along the tram route.
Metrolink, now the largest light rail network in the UK, covers almost 60 miles, with a fleet of close to 100 trams running to 92 stops across Greater Manchester.
The Oldham Loop Line closed to train services in October 2009 for conversion to Metrolink. More than 1.2 million journeys were made on it in its last year as a rail line – compared to more than 2.5 million in its first full year as a tram line.
The temporary route between the former rail station at Werneth and Oldham Mumps was decommissioned in spring 2014.