Work has started to revamp train station subway in Rochdale, which is currently disused.
The subway station, which will be accessible from Miall Street, will be renovated and reopened for public use in order to provide a more accessible and shorter route to the town’s park and ride station and car park, which is located on Hare street.
This particular station was closed 36 years ago and had fallen into a dilapidated state, before Rochdale Borough Council decided that it would be redeveloped and furnished with brand new signs, LED lighting and CCTV cameras. This will get underway once work has been completed on the setup of the station, which will have new railings, a new drainage system and fresh concrete flooring.
The work on the 40-metre station will be conducted by Jamieson Contracting Group, a Manchester based company, with the project being funded by the Rochdale Borough Council, and both Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Current plans for the station will see many of the features from the original subway station restored, which includes the ironwork, Yorkstone concrete flooring and the light blue, cream and brown tiling. Photographs of the station will be featured on the walls and railings showing its evolution throughout history.
The area director of Network Rail, Ian Joslin, has said that this renovation will contribute a significant improvement to the transport links of the area.
The project is expected to be completed and scheduled for public use in spring this year.
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