FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station
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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. Final positions will be announced on 29th September. Congratulations to everyone who has helped in achieving this.
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Clarendon Footbridge to be closed for 3 months
Clarendon Footbridge, which crosses the M602 motorway by Eccles Station, will be closed for 3 months from Tuesday 30 August. This is to allow work to take place to transform the bridge. The present covered walkway will be replaced by one with mesh walls and domed roof - see here for Highways England’s plans. Pedestrians needing to cross the motorway should use Albert Bridge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Freccles page on Facebook.