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Return of the tram: Oldham and Manchester linked by Metrolink lines – after 65 years of waiting

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester and Oldham are linked together by tram lines again – after more than 65 years of waiting.

The first service ran from Manchester Victoria station to Oldham Mumps at 5.25am today and successfully called at eight stops along the way.

The line will be expanded into Rochdale by the end of the year as services will run every six minutes after a 12-minute trial period.

Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is about giving some equality to people in Oldham, Rochdale and across north-east Manchester to have the opportunities to access employment right across the city region.”

He added: “The arrival of the tram has been a long time coming and we must make sure we keep to the agreed timetable for the town centre route as it is central to our future prospects.”

There are new stops at Monsall, Central Park, Freehold and South Chadderton while Mumps, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath and Moston were already in use of the Oldham Loop – which closed in 2009 following regeneration plans.

There have been several delays for Oldham residents as technical, financial and construction issues pushed back the deadlines despite successful extensions in South Manchester areas.

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