STORM (Support the Oldham Rochdale
Manchester rail line) STORM is a rail user
group founded in 1987 to campaign to
improve rail services in the Oldham and
The movement monitors the provision of
services and campaigns on behalf of public
transport passengers and potential
passengers using the Oldham Loop, the
western end of the Calder Valley Line from
Leeds and the services from Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge and Greenfield.
STORM also takes an interest in rail and other public transport developments that could
have benefits for, or be detrimental to, passengers using those routes. The Oldham
Loop line closed to rail services on 3rd October 2009 and was converted to Metrolink,
the Greater Manchester tram system, and services as far as Rochdale Town Centre began on Monday 31st March 2014.
STORM monitors the Metrolink services from Rochdale to East
Didsbury, via Oldham and Manchester. The
Oldham Town Centre route opened on the 27th of January 2014, meaning the route via the ‘Oldham Loop’ and the temporary Oldham Mumps stop was closed on the 17th January 2014.
STORM also supports the East Lancashire Railway heritage line which runs into Heywood and the planned extension of the ELR into Castleton. in May 2015 a new
service, which will replace the Manchester Victoria to Todmorden 'turnback, will continue via the newly reopened Todmorden curve to Burnley and Blackburn.