Coun Andrew Fender Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “Rochdale town centre is a fantastic new destination for Metrolink passengers and the latest piece in the expansion of the network.
“This new line takes people right into the heart of the town centre at a time when really exciting changes are being made.
“Metrolink is going hand in hand with the transformation of the area and it’s a great thing to be part of.”
Rochdale Council leader, Coun Colin Lambert, added: “The opening of the Metrolink in Rochdale is another huge step forward in the regeneration of Rochdale town centre.
“Along with the proposed £100m retail and family leisure facility and our unrivalled heritage offer it will help turn Rochdale into a popular destination for visitors and better connect us to the rest of the region.”
Trams have started running into the heart of Rochdale ahead of the launch of the new town centre line today. The first test trams began making their way along Maclure Road, down Drake Street and towards Smith Street, last Thursday morning.
The £37m stretch of line will connect the town centre to Rochdale railway station and Greater Manchester’s tram network for the first time.