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Metrolink Line To Oldham Set To Open

First in-service tram to Oldham Mumps will leave on Wednesday 13 June

Published on June 8th 2012.


Metrolink Line To Oldham Set To Open

METROLINK services to and from Oldham Mumps are scheduled to open to the public for the first time on Wednesday 13 June, subject to final testing.

"This is an historic day for Oldham and the Metrolink network. From next week, people will be able to make brand new journeys from brand new stops on brand new trams and tracks."

The first in-service tram to Oldham Mumps is scheduled to leave Manchester Victoria at 5.24am on Wednesday, calling at all eight stops along the new line – Monsall, Central Park, Newton Heath & Moston, Failsworth, Hollinwood, South Chadderton, Freehold and Oldham Mumps (temporary).

It will then become the first in-service tram to depart Oldham Mumps, leaving at 6am.

Journeys from Mumps to Manchester city centre will take around 25 minutes.

Services will run every 12 minutes. A six-minute service will be introduced as patronage grows and capacity through Manchester city centre increases.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is an historic day for Oldham and the Metrolink network. From next week, people will be able to make brand new journeys from brand new stops on brand new trams and tracks.

“For the first time, people will be able to travel to and from Monsall, Central Park, South Chadderton and Freehold on this line, so we are opening up new and exciting opportunities.

“Of course, Oldham is a brand new destination for Metrolink and I encourage everyone to take a tram ride to see all the great things the borough has to offer.”

Tickets to any of the stops in Manchester city centre, up to and including Deangsate-Castlefield, start at £3.20 for a peak ‘anytime’ single from the Oldham Mumps-Hollinwood stops, or £2.30 from the Failsworth-Monsall stops.

Metrolink Line To Oldham Set To OpenMetrolink Line To Oldham Set To Open

An ‘anytime’ return ticket for the same trip will be £4.80 from the Oldham Mumps-Hollinwood stops, and £3.40 from the Failsworth-Monsall stops. Off-peak (9.30am onwards) equivalents will be £3.50 and £2.80 respectively. Further savings can be made with special day, weekend, family and group passes, as well as longer term tickets, including weeklies, four-weeklies, quarterlies and annuals.

Monsall, Central Park, Freehold and South Chadderton are all brand new destinations, while the stops at Mumps, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath & Moston, which were served by the Oldham Loop until it closed as a heavy rail line in October 2009, have been completely rebuilt.

Once complete, the decked car park at Hollinwood, which is currently under construction, will provide almost 200 park-and-ride spaces exclusively for the use of Metrolink passengers. Up to 100 spaces will be provided in the interim.

As part of Metrolink’s commitment to improving cycle parking facilities across the existing and future network, cycle stands are available at Freehold, Hollinwood, Failsworth, Newton Heath & Moston and Monsall, with cycle lockers also available at Freehold, Hollinwood and Failsworth.

All services will call through Manchester city centre and then travel on to the South Manchester line, ending at St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton.

Passengers can connect with services to Bury at Victoria and services to Altrincham, Eccles and MediaCityUK in Manchester city centre or at Cornbrook. They can also link up with bus services at Central Park and Shudehill, or heavy rail services at Manchester Victoria.

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

ali mcgJune 8th 2012.

Good luck. Hope they've tested the signalling ;)

AnonymousJune 9th 2012.

Naming of old Dean Lane Station now to be called Newton Heath & Moston will be confusing as there is a Moston Station a good mile away on the main rail network. Confusing and not a good idea??

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StephenJune 12th 2012.

Never mind the name, have you seen it? I can only make out one platform.

DavidJune 10th 2012.

Why do all future and planned extensions of Metrolink go into Manchester?.The vast majority of the population of Greater Manchester live outside Manchester.Nearly one million of those live in Stockport,Bolton and Wigan ,where they have no trams at all.There should be also plans for the creation of a circle line around Greater Manchester,making it easier to get from one town to another,without being forced to go into Manchester.All the present plans lead to is a further concentration of development and wealth in Manchester itself at the expense of the rest of Greater Manchester.

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It's the city, duffusJune 10th 2012.

What a dim-witted comment to make. First, you need to set up a star diagram, then a web.

When it comes to tram connectivity, do you think it makes sense to connect Oldham with Ashton first?

Fool!

AnonymousJune 10th 2012.

You, Duffus, are an ignorant prat. Explanation, not condemnation. No need for rude comments such as that. You really are an obnoxious poster...

It's the city, duffusJune 11th 2012.

Okay, I take that back.

I will only insist on some posters having a limited ability to see the big picture and can only recommend them to attend a course on brushing up their basic planning skills...

DavidJune 12th 2012.

I think it makes more economic and evironmental sense to connect Bolton and Bury with a tram,than it does to connect Chorlton with a tram service
The big picture seems to be that Metrolink should serve the needs of Manchester and its economy and not the needs of the rest of Greater Manchester.

Ghostly TomJune 18th 2012.

I think that eventually they will have to come up with a circle line like on the London underground. It is stupid that a person travelling on the metro from Bury to Oldham has to go via central Manchester. We need to integrate all the towns that surround the core city into the network, including Warrington. Then all these towns need to be connected with a circle line. Stockport to Altrincham but without going through the city centre. Who would use the tram to travel from Altrincham to the airport, for instance, if you had to go via the city centre? It doesn't make sense. Will be expensive but worth it in the long run.

Ghostly TomJune 18th 2012.

The Chorlton link seems to be very popular. People seem to have taken to it well. It will have taken a lot of car journeys off the route into the centre. It could be that some of the buses that clog the routes into the city could be cut back as well. It will be even more busy when the route to Didsbury opens, soon I hope.

Hero
Jordan McDowellJune 11th 2012.

WAHHH CONTROVERSY etc.

StephenJune 12th 2012.

Well that's Thursdays local paper headlines sorted then?

AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

Can't see the point of having to drive at least 15 minutes to leave my car at Mumps all day for potential thieves to eye up and then take a 25 minute ride to Victoria before another 10 minutes or so to Deansgate.

Quicker and certainly more convenient to drive...even in rush hour.

However, looking forward to the thousands of City Centre residents heading to the shops in Oldham!

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Ghostly TomJune 18th 2012.

Can't see many of the residents of Manchester city centre ignoring the shops there in favour of Oldham! Sorry!

AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

Can't see the point of driving 15 minutes to Mumps to park my car and leave on show for thieves to eye up and then travel 25 minutes to the City Centre and then catch another tram and travel another 10 minutes or so from Victoria to Deansgate.

Quicker and much more convenient by car...even in rush hour and probably about the same price.

Looking forward to the thousands of City Centre residents heading for the shops in Oldham though!

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It's the city, duffusJune 13th 2012.

Where do you live? Dobcross? I recommend you move to Castlefield if you work on Deansgate.

Will save you the headache you clearly seem to be having..

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