Rochdale sits on the strategically important Calder Valley line, linking Leeds and Manchester. Six trains an hour speed you to Manchester in just 15 minutes. In the opposite direction, four trains an hour take passengers to Leeds in 70 minutes. There are five stations in the borough, used by 2.3 million passengers every year.
Rail passengers in Rochdale enjoy direct connections to destinations across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. Alongside Manchester and Leeds, this includes direct connections to Salford, Wigan, Chester, Bradford, Burnley, Blackburn and Halifax.
More than 50 trains a day depart the region for London. The total travel time from Rochdale is 2hrs 45 minutes.
The delivery of the Northern Powerhouse rail scheme is expected to further improve journey times between Rochdale and Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull and Newcastle.
In addition, feasibility studies are underway to examine the potential to connect Rochdale’s major business parks (Kingsway, Stakehill and Heywood Distribution Park) to the national rail network, giving businesses in these parks direct access to rail freight services.