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

Welcome to 2021 to all our members and supporters from FRECCLES


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Consultation on Manchester Rail Timetable Options

The rail industry has been consulting on rail timetable options for improving train performance in and around Manchester. FRECCLES and FrOPS have submitted a response arguing that Eccles and Patricroft stations need a 30 minute regular train service throughout the day. Read the joint FRECCLES and FrOPS response here.


Regular train service restored from 16th May 2021

Northern will be restoring the regular train service from 16th May 2021. See our timetable page for details of train services at Eccles from 16th May.


Strong Growth in Passenger Usage at Eccles Station in 2019-20

Eccles Station Usage Estimates chart

The official ORR passenger usage estimates for Eccles Station for the period April 2019 to March 2020 show that the steady growth over the last two decades has resumed after some disruption during electrification works.


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 fifteenth 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 info@freccles.org.uk or visit the Freccles page on Facebook.