Trains to Rochdale

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Rochdale is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale set in the Great Manchester area. It lies at the base of the South Pennines, on River Roch, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) to the north-west of Oldham and 9.8 miles (15.8 km) northeast of Manchester. In the 18th century Rochdale economy flourished thanks to the woollen trade. In the 19th century the town marked its prominence as a mill town and centre for textile manufacture, especially during the Industrial Revolution allowing the town to rise its status to a borough. Its economic development and trade were favoured by transport of coal and cotton via Rochdale Canal, one of the major navigable broad canals in the UK. In the 20th century the town recorded a decline output and business trade. Today the town is predominantly residential, and it is served by the homonymous railway station which was first opened in 1839.  The station operates heavy trains, as well as passenger trains. The station is a mile away from the town centre, but since 2013, Metrolink services operate frequent services connecting the two. Travellers can access Rochdale station through a subway entrance either using stairs or a lift leading up to the firstfloor concourse where they will find a ticket office open six days a week with the following timetable. Mondays to Wednesdays from 6:10am to 8:00pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the office is open from 6:10am to 8:45pm, while on Sundays the opening hours are 9:00am to 7:40pm. CCTV surveillance services and public Wi-Fi operate at this station. Travellers can benefit from car parking and bicycles racks located just outside the train station. Rochdale station is equipped with two platforms. Trains directed to Leeds and Blackburn operate from Platform 1. Services to Manchester depart from Platform 3, while Platform 2 is rarely used. There are six train services per hour directed to Manchester Victoria and three to Leeds. A fourth train runs through Blackburn calling at Burnley Manchester road. Four of the six Manchester trains run non-stop, while the other two trains stop at intermediate stations. The train starting at Blackburn and the one originating from Leeds via Dewsbury are fast trains that call at Rochdale and terminate at Wigan Wallgate and Southport. While the two stopping trains terminate at Bolton and Blackburn via Darwen. There are two trains operating eastbound towards Leeds, one calling at Todmorden, Hedbden, Fridge and Halifax and the other stopping almost at all stations. In the evenings a half-hourly eastbound service alternates to Leeds via Bradford or to Blackburn. Westbound there are two non-stop and two stopping trains to Manchester, continuing towards Bolton. On Sundays two trains per hour travel to Southport and one to Manchester, stopping at all stations. The Calder Valley service operates hourly to Manchester.

Visitors travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Rochdale in advance to benefit from early booking discounts. The train station is 15-minute walk to the town centre where they will come across the principal town’s landmark, the Town Hall, a Grade I listed building dated 1871, one of the finest examples in UK of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. The building is characterized by a 191-feet (58 m) stone clock tower and spire designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Opposite the town hall visitors will find the Rochdale Cenothaph, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died fighting the First World War. Another impressive town’s landmark that visitors can admire walking around Rochdale is the byzantine revival style St John the Baptist Catholic Church built in 1927. Visitors cannot afford to miss and should therefore secure train tickets to Rochdale to experience The Feel-Good Festival, a free outdoor music festival, that takes place in the heart of town annually, in early September.