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Autumn 2021Castleton rail revival on track

Ambitious proposals which form part of Rochdale Council’s rail strategy could transform the area around Castleton railway station.

The plans include up to 7,000 new homes, over 100,000 square metres of employment space to create up to 11,000 new jobs, and the extension of the East Lancs heritage railway into the area.

Improvements to the railway station, including additional parking facilities and an improved entrance, are part of the plans, to encourage more sustainable travel.

Rochdale Borough Council is also working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on proposals for major transport improvements. The area would play a key role in the extension of the Metrolink into Heywood and Middleton and a new rail station at Slattocks, with the aim of creating a tram-train network to link Oldham and Manchester with Heywood via Castleton. The innovative system would see trams travel along existing, but rarely used, train lines.

The proposals form part of wider plans to regenerate the areas around the borough’s five railways stations, as part of the council’s multi-million pound rail strategy.

A new community rail partnership, with representatives from Calderdale Council, Rochdale Borough Council, community groups and businesses, has been created. The partnership’s aim is to engage communities along the Calder Valley line and harness smaller scale improvement projects to support the wider rail strategy.