The long awaited Oldham Metrolink is due to open on Wednesday 13 June and will be major step forward in improving the already good transport links in and out of Manchester City Centre. The Oldham Metrolink service will link Oldham Mumps with Manchester City Centre and beyond drastically reducing commute times for communities along the route
The Oldham Metrolink line will open on Wednesday morning and the first tram will leave Victoria Station in Manchester at 5.24am making its journey north along this brand new line through North Manchester. The line passes through 8 stations along the way including Monsall, Central Park, Newton Heath, Failsworth, Hollinwood, South Chadderton, Freehold and the end of the line at Oldham Mumps.
The journey North along the Oldham Metrolink extension will take around 25 minutes and that tram will start its return journey from Oldham Mumps at 6am and head south back in to the city centre. The service will run every 12 minutes but there are plans to increase the frequency as demand grows and the city centre capacity increases with the second crossing.
The Oldham Metrolink will open up many communities along the route and breath much needed life in to some parts of North Manchester. It is thought that demand for houses might increase along the route which may result in increased house prices as people strive to live close to this much needed transport link.
The town of Oldham will also benefit with increased visitor numbers all of which will come to see what the town has to offer. It is hoped that the new Metrolink service will bring jobs and investment, boosting the economy of Oldham that is situated in the foot hills of the Pennines.
All Oldham Metrolink services will travel via Manchester city centre and on to the South Manchester line which currently ends at St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton. For passengers who wish to use other lines connections can be made on route at places such as Victoria Station, St Peters Square and Cornbrook. These stations offer links to Media City, Altrincham, Bury and Eccles as well as Piccadilly Station for mainline rail travel.
The Oldham Metrolink is the latest in a number of projects that will extend the current Metrolink service. Over the next few years we will see extensions that link Manchester Airport, Didsbury, Rochdale and Ashton Under Lyne. The Metrolink will open up swathes of the city and help reduce traffic and pollution with many car users opting to use this great public transport system that is the envy of many other cites around the UK and Europe.