The Anonymous Widower


To illustrate how bad some of our town centres have become, BBC Breakfast is looking at Rochdale, where 1 in 6 of the shops are empty, today.

Surely the problems of Rochdale are going to get worse in the next couple of years, when they open the Metrolink to Manchester.

As it opens in Summer 2012, it looks like some of the rats have left before the ship sinks, making the problems worse. Dorothy Perkins, Mcdonalds and The Body Shop were named in the program.

It looks a classic case of planning a city bit-by-bit in isolation. The new Metrolink will bring people into the centre for their shopping. But it seems, they haven’t thought about Rochdale.

On my travels I did go to Eccles and that town surprised me.  So what have they done right in Eccles and wrong in Rochdale?

February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. […] Rochdale though sums up one of the problems of Manchester.  You have all these individual towns, that it would seem don’t talk to each other.  Some are proposing that there needs to be a mayor for Greater Manchester. […]

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  2. […] people wonder why Rochdale has such an awful town […]

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