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NORTHERN RAILWAY CUTS TO ECCLES AND PATRICROFT TRAIN SERVICES
 

Star date: 11th May 2018

FRECCLES AND FROPS RAIL AGAINST CUTS AND CONFUSION

Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) and Friends of Patricroft Station (FrOPS) have slammed Northern railway over cuts and confusion to train services. Planned new services from 20th May should have introduced more trains stopping at the stations but, instead, services to Manchester will be reduced at peak times and weekends, while trains are being re-routed from Victoria Station to Piccadilly.

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Eccles Train Cuts
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'FRECCLES and FrOPS have not been given a convincing explanation by Northern of why existing services have to be cut...'


Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) and Friends of Patricroft Station (FrOPS) had hoped that 'Britain's biggest train timetable change for decades' would bring extra trains and an improved service to the stations from 20th May  but, instead, discovered cuts to the timetable and confusion for passengers.

"The planned new services, agreed with the Department for Transport, should have given Eccles two more trains per hour in weekday morning and evening peak periods, on top of the standard hourly service throughout the day" state the Friends "FrOPS had also lobbied for additional services, particularly in the light of a steep rise in the number of passengers using that station after two new housing estates were built locally"...

However, they add, "Not only are Northern failing to introduce the additional services that were originally planned for December 2017, they are cutting the existing weekday service by two trains to Manchester in the evening peak, and by two trains from Manchester in the morning peak. On Saturdays a total of six peak period trains will be withdrawn."

On top of this, trains are being mostly re-routed to Manchester Piccadilly instead of Manchester Victoria, and the Friends believe that passengers risk further confusion as there is no set pattern to the Manchester station their train will arrive at or depart from.

"Passengers will have to study the timetable carefully to find out which Manchester station their next train will arrive at or depart from" they explain "There will be a 3-hour gap in the early evening service to and from Manchester Piccadilly, when trains arrive at and depart from Manchester Victoria."

The Friends have made representation to Northern - operated by Arriva Rail North - about the cuts and confusion, as they feel Salford is being badly served relative to other stations on the Liverpool line.

One reason given by Northern, they state, is that delays in the Manchester to Preston electrification have resulted in a shortage of diesel-powered trains. Both groups feel this seems a poor excuse for reducing the service and instituting a chaotic timetable on the Manchester to Liverpool line.

"FRECCLES and FrOPS have not been given a convincing explanation by Northern of why existing services have to be cut and have called upon Northern to ensure that the Eccles and Patricroft rail service is strengthened as soon as possible" the Friends state.

They are asking anyone who has concerns about the new timetables to let Northern know by contacting the 'Customer Experience Centre' on 0800 200 6060 or by emailing: enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk


* FRECCLES (Friends of Eccles Station) is a volunteer group that has 'adopted' Eccles railway station and been looking after the station and the local area around it since 2005.  Their work has been recognised nationally with Community Rail Awards, including, in 2016, a Gold status certificate for their work at the station and with the community. The group has consistently campaigned for a better service at Eccles Station, the goal being a half-hourly service to and from Eccles station every day. For further details see www.freccles.org.uk

FrOPS (Friends of Patricroft Station) is a group of volunteers who adopted Patricroft Station in 2009 and work to improve the station environment and campaign for better rail services for Patricroft. For further details see www.frops.org.uk 

Freccles Chair wrote
at 15:35:56 on 09 June 2018
You are right that it is (was) great to get to the other destinations as well. The problem is that: a) the timetable does not show the promised additional services to Victoria that were promised but cut; b) the train might have got you to Piccadilly in the morning, but if you wanted to return between about 5:45 and 8 pm there were no trains; and of course c) Northern have been completely unable to deliver even that incomplete timetable. The ensuing shambles is not entirely Northern's fault. Network Rail , the DfT and Transport for the North bear considerable blame too, but they all saw it coming and did nothing.

Rail user wrote
at 09:19:54 on 13 May 2018
Personally i think this is great news, ok we have lost 4 trains on a weekday under the new timetable but the 40 trains that will be calling at Patricroft and Eccles will no longer just go between Lime st and Victoria but instead will either terminate at Lime st, Victoria, Picadilly, Crewe, Wilmslow, or Manchester airport. This is going to mean that people who could not previously access the thousands of jobs at the airport due to travel time and a crap tram system now being able to get there in 37 minutes for 5.80 I don't see what is confusing either, 1 train on weekdays in the morning will terminate at Victoria (08:43 from Eccles) the rest will go through Deansgate, Oxford rd, Picadilly, then onto the airport then Wilmslow before terminating at Crewe. All Sunday services will go into Picadilly but its been that way for years, the bonus now is that they will continue to the Airport and Wilmslow.

wrote
at 20:51:02 on 11 May 2018
Who do these Freccles and Frops think they are. have they no comprehension that the railways are not there for the convenience of passengers. Whatever gave them that idea?

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