Liz McInnes has welcomed an announcement from Rochdale Council that Transport for Greater Manchester have agreed in principle to the extension of the Metrolink system to Middleton.
Liz McInnes MP says: “It is excellent news that after a great deal of lobbying by myself and Rochdale Council, TfGM have finally signalled their support for the Metrolink system to be extended to Middleton. I was living in Middleton at the time that the tram network first opened and along with many other residents I was disappointed and surprised that a major town such as Middleton wasn’t included from the start.
I’ve long called for Middleton and Heywood to be included in the Metrolink network and for public transport links here to be improved. The recent chaos with Northern Rail has highlighted the problems on our railways, but we mustn’t forget the bus and tram network either. If we’re going to get the region growing we need to get it moving, and reliable and affordable public transport is key. Extending Metrolink to Middleton is a good start.”