A new road is set to open in Rochdale town centre as the Rochdale Riverside shopping and leisure development continues to take shape.
New Baillie Street will link Penn Street with John Street, as contractors get ready to close Milton Street so they can prepare the ground for the 2-storey M&S store which will anchor the £80 million development.
Drivers travelling down Penn Street will be directed left along the new road, and can then turn left or right onto John Street.
The change is another major step forward for the scheme, just weeks after the steelwork was erected for the 6-screen cinema, on the south side of the development, close to the re-opened river.
The creation of the road will pave the way for contractors to start constructing the new M&S store
The creation of the new road, which is expected to open this Friday, 5 October 2018, will allow contractors to start ground preparations on the north side of the site, which will feature a new M&S store, with a café.
The scheme is being delivered as a joint venture between Genr8 and Kajima in partnership with us.
'This marks yet another milestone for this fantastic development' – our leader, Allen Brett
Councillor Allen Brett, our Leader, said: "The opening of this new road marks yet another milestone for this fantastic development. It's great to see such rapid progress being made and the site already looks hugely different to what we saw just a few short months ago, with major changes still to come.
"We already have a number of popular high street names signed up to be part of Rochdale Riverside and I look forward to welcoming many more ahead of its opening to the public in summer 2020."
Andy Howarth, Willmott Dixon Construction Manager, said: "This road opening marks another significant step forward for this transformative addition to the town centre, and we are very pleased with the progress to date."
Other road changes, which will mainly affect service vehicles, will see the section of Baillie Street in front of the Wheatsheaf shopping centre become one way, with vehicles travelling along Yorkshire Street and Baillie Street onto the new road to access John Street. Vehicles will only be able to use this road between 6pm and 10am, the same restrictions which currently apply to Yorkshire Street and the rest of Baillie Street.