Section between Oldham Mumps and Shaw opens this Sunday
What a nice surprise! Following last week’s announcement regarding the East Manchester Line to Droylsden, we are happy to announce more Metrolink related good news. Following recent tests, the Manchester to Oldham Mumps section of the Oldham-Rochdale Loop Line will be extended to Shaw. From Sunday, trams will call additionally at Derker and Shaw and Crompton stations.
Their first trams will leave Oldham Mumps at 0650, arriving at Derker by 0654 and Shaw and Crompton by 0659. Adult fares from Shaw and Crompton to Manchester will be £4.10 single with a return fare of £6.20. Off-peak fares from the same station are £2.10 (single) and £3.40 (return). From Derker, peak hour fares are £3.40 single and £5.00 return.
In spite of the speed advantages, First Greater Manchester’s recently launched weekly season ticket and day saver ticket for travel within the Oldham Borough and along the 180 and 184 to Manchester is a cheaper way. Compared with the peak hour fare from Shaw to Manchester [£6.20], a standard FirstDay ticket aboard the 59 route to Oldham is cheaper at £4.50. Furthermore, the 59 from Rushcroft boasts similar frequencies to the tram service before 1900 hours. Might First Greater Manchester’s new tickets undermine a modal shift for Shaw and High Crompton based bus users?
Metrolink aims to woo car users from the catchment area of its new stations. From Sunday, 100 parking spaces will be made available from Derker station, with a further 154 spaces to follow. More than 40 spaces will be available at Shaw and Crompton station. The new stations are also well placed for interchange with the following bus routes:
- Derker: 58 (Rochdale – Middleton), 59 (Rushcroft – Middleton – Manchester), 410/410A/411 (Oldham – Waterhead Circular);
- Shaw and Crompton: 58 (Rochdale – Middleton), 59 (Rushcroft – Middleton – Manchester), 408 (Buckstones – Oldham – Hurst – Stalybridge), 435 (Buckstones – High Crompton – Rochdale).
It is expected that the section from Shaw and Crompton to Rochdale railway station will open next year. The section between Rochdale railway station and its town centre, along with the Oldham section via Union Street is scheduled to open by 2014.
S.V., 12 December 2012.