FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station
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FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station

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Changes to the Eccles train service next year

The train service at Eccles Station will be changing in May 2018. The train operator, Northern (owned by Arriva) , is planning to make the following changes:

FRECCLES is calling for Northern to stop ALL the Chester - Leeds trains at Eccles, which would give 2 trains per hour throughout the day in each direction, and for trains to be as evenly spaced as possible. That would provide an hourly service to Liverpool and Piccadilly, and an hourly service to Chester and Victoria.

What do you think of Northern's plans ? Would you like to see 2 trains per hour throughout the day ? Let us know at or visit the Freccles page on Facebook. The more support we get from the public, the stronger our case will be.

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Who are FRECCLES ?

FRECCLES was established on 15th September 2005, the 175th anniversary of the opening of the world's first main line passenger railway between Manchester and Liverpool through Eccles on 15th September 1830. Working in partnership with ACoRP, TfGM, Salford City Council, Northern Rail and Network Rail, we aim to improve the environment and passenger services at Eccles Station and the immediate surrounding area and to put the station back into the heart of the community.

Now in its twelfth year, FRECCLES can claim to be well on the way to achieving many of these objectives. Certainly we have the strong support of all the above organisations, which recognise the work we have carried out to transform the appearance of the station. This recognition has been accompanied by significant funding which has heped us, for example, in our gardening work. However, we still lack a frequent train service - surely the most important facility one would hope to find at a railway station - and one which our many supporters in the local community expect us to correct at a stroke !

Freccles has a membership of around 40 and at least half of these are very active, being members of at least one of our subgroups - Service Development, Gardening, Heritage, Publicity and Funding. Some of these groups have separate sections on this website where you can find out more about their work. If you would like to join us, or to find out more about FRECCLES, you can contact us by email at or visit the Freccles page on Facebook.