FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station
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Forecourt Re-development at Eccles Station
The long-awaited re-development of the forecourt at Eccles Station has now started. The cycle shelter has been installed, and work started on 15th September on improving the forecourt. It is expected to take about 8 weeks. The plan includes:
- an expanded public realm that will include an outdoor dining area for the adjacent restaurant
- planters and seating
- safe pedestrian routes through the forecourt
- car parking will be restricted to passenger drop-off (with one disabled bay)
Proposed Leeds - London service via Eccles
Great North Western Railway Company (GNWR) (part of Alliance Rail Holdings) has now come to an agreement with Network Rail on the sale of access rights to begin the operation of two new direct, high speed rail services from the North of England to London using the West Coast Main Line. Following the completion of industry consultation, GNWR's application now only needs final approval from the Office of Rail Regulation.
GNWR's proposed two-hourly service from Leeds would call at Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Stalybridge, Manchester Victoria, Eccles, Newton-le-Willows, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe, Lichfield Trent Valley, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Milton Keynes Central, Queens Park and London Euston. The service would use new all-electric trains, and would start in 2018.
GNWR's other proposed service is Blackpool to London.
Electric Trains announced for Manchester - Liverpool line
On 2nd April the government announced that 4-car electric trains would be provided to Northern Rail in 2014 and 2015 to run services on the newly-electrified North West lines. You can read more about it in Northern Rail's press release - and you may recognise the station in their accompanying picture ! The latest information from the Department of Transport is that the electric trains will operate the services calling at Eccles from May 2015.
Eccles station debated in Parliament - 26 March 2014
In an adjournment debate in the Houses of Parliament, Hazel Blears MP for Eccles and Salford put a hard-hitting case for an improvement in train services at Eccles. Watch and listen to the debate here (start at 16:38:25, about 2 hours 8 mins into the video). The full transcript of the debate from Hansard is also available.
FRECCLES Wish List
FRECCLES and FrOPS presented a prioritised list of aspirations to Transport for Greater Manchester in February. Top of the list is our demand for a 30 minute service for Eccles and Patricroft throughout the day from December 2014.
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.