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

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Ordsall Chord work means weekend train service disruption

Engineering work to reconfigure the railway tracks between Eccles and Deansgate, and Eccles and Manchester Victoria, will be taking place at weekends between October 29th and December 11th, and every day between December 18th and January 2nd. This work is in preparation for the Ordsall Chord, which will provide a direct rail link between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly from December 2017.

For details of the timetable changes caused by these engineering works, see our timetable page.

FRECCLES hits Gold !

5 Sept 2016 - FRECCLES has been placed in the Gold Band category by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) in their It’s Your Station awards, following a recent inspection of the Eccles Station gardens by ACoRP judges. Congratulations to everyone who has helped in achieving this.

Freccles' Gold Award Certificate
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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 eleventh 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.