FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station
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FRECCLES Annual Presentation & AGM: Wednesday 1st April
Everyone is warmly invited to attend the FRECCLES Annual Presentation & Annual General Meeting, to be held in Eccles Old Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 1st April 2015.
The Keynote Speaker will be Amanda White, who is the recently appointed Head of Rail at Transport for Greater Manchester. FRECCLES members will be eagerly waiting to learn how TfGM is backing FRECCLES in its campaign for better train services at Eccles.
Following Amanda's talk, there will be presentations on various FRECCLES activities, including our continuing campaign for better train services, our successful campaign for a new station building and the re-developed forecourt, our work on the station gardens, and our work in promoting the heritage of Eccles station. After that there will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions.
At last: real-time train departure indicators at Eccles station
16 March 2015: Work to install customer information screens, displaying real-time information on train arrivals and departures, will be starting imminently at Eccles station. There will be screens on each platform, plus one in the booking office. CCTV, Help Points and announcement loudspeakers are also being installed. So Eccles station is gradually being brought into the twentyfirst century !
A few more trains for Eccles ... by December 2017 !
The Northern franchise ITT (Invitation to Tender), published by Department of Transport on 27th February, specifies only a few more trains calling at Eccles per day, from December 2017. FRECCLES is extremely disappointed that the opportunity was not taken to increase our train service to 2 trains per hour in each direction.
Tne ITT is a a minimum service specification, so FRECCLES will be lobbying the three franchise bidders to enhance their bids to include 2 trains per hour throughout the day. We are supported in doing this by Salford City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, both of which also called for 2 trains per hour at Eccles.
According to the ITT December 2017 will see a change in the train services calling at Eccles: there will be an hourly stopping service between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Oxford Road/Piccadilly/Manchester Airport, and peak-period calls by an hourly service between Chester, Manchester Victoria and Leeds.
Passenger numbers at Eccles increase once more !
Official station usage estimates for 2013-14 published by the Office of Rail Regulation show that the number of passengers using Eccles Station has increased by 8% since the previous year. Almost 160,000 passengers boarded or alighted at Eccles in the year from April 2013 to March 2014.
This large increase emphasises the justification of FRECCLES' demand for extra rail services for Eccles. Ecccles needs a frequent and reliable train service, not the current one train per hour service.
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 ninth 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.