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

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Northern plans to make cuts to the Eccles train service in December 2022

Northern has published indicative timetables for services from December 2022 as a result of the Manchester Recovery Task Force's recommendations. Extraordinarily Northern has proposed ending the peak period calls at Eccles by the Chester - Leeds trains, and replacing them by calls at Eccles by a new Wigan Northwestern to Manchester Victoria service, but towards Manchester in the morning peak period only, and away from Manchester in the evening peak period only. This would mean a net reduction from our present service of 3 trains from Manchester to Eccles in the morning peak period, and of 2 trains from Eccles to Manchester in the evening peak period.

FRECCLES strongly objects to these proposed cuts, which were not mentioned in the Task Force's final recommendations. We need more trains, not fewer. You can read our detailed response to the indicative timetables here.

FRECCLES Members and Supporters Newsletter - April 2022

Please see the latest issue of our Members and Supporters Newsletter

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 or visit the Freccles page on Facebook.