Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group

About Us

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

Rochdale areas.

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.

Contact Information


Meeting Place: Newhey Lodge
Huddersfield Road

Meeting times

1st Tuesday of each month at The Newhey Lodge Huddersfield Rd New Hey, Opposite the Newhey Metrolink stop.