This unique, distinctive and enjoyable Metrolink stop promotes the perception of tram travel and the sense of arrival in the city. Elevated above a listed railway viaduct within a park environment, it is an oasis in the city. The new living wall, the use of natural materials, and the introduction of significant quantities of new planting all contribute to the creation of a successful new place, which is well connected into the street level environment, safe, well-used and well-loved by the travelling public. A new stair and footbridge crosses the Rochdale Canal, offering views and connections to the city.
Collective feedback from representatives with disabilities informed design decisions, from the nature and location of the new accesses from street level and the height of stop equipment, to translucency levels of the fritted leaf pattern in the scalloped platform canopies and the impact of the shadows these cast would have on the partially sighted.
Image Credits: Jan Cheblik