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Eccles railway station in 2014.
General information
LocationEccles, Salford
Coordinates53°29′06″N 2°20′06″W / 53.485°N 2.335°W / 53.485; -2.335Coordinates: 53°29′06″N 2°20′06″W / 53.485°N 2.335°W / 53.485; -2.335
Grid referenceSJ778988
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityGreater Manchester
Other information
Station codeECC
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyLiverpool and Manchester Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
15 September 1830 (1830-09-15)Station opened
2016/17Increase 0.191 million
2017/18Decrease 0.163 million
2018/19Decrease 0.159 million
2019/20Increase 0.197 million
2020/21Decrease 51,670
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Eccles railway station serves the town of Eccles, Greater Manchester, England. It was opened on 15 September 1830 by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&M).[1]


The station is next to the M602 motorway and is 300 metres north of Eccles Interchange, a bus and Metrolink interchange. A short freight-only branch line diverges from the main line here, which descends into the Manchester Ship Canal docks at Salford Quays to serve a Blue Circle cement terminal. The branch now occupies the former slow lines formation, as the L&M was formerly quadruple track from here to Manchester (the Manchester and Wigan Railway route to Tyldesley and Wigan North Western shared the tracks of the L&M to a point just west of the station here before diverging towards Worsley). The old slow line platforms can just be made out, though they are fenced off and heavily overgrown (the lines themselves were mostly lifted in the early 1970s, apart from the docks branch). The substantial street-level buildings built by the London & North Western Railway were also demolished in 1971, after being seriously damaged by fire.[2]


The station is staffed part-time, with a small ticket office (rebuilt in the summer of 2013) at street level. The ticket office is open in the morning and early afternoon six days per week (06:25 to 12:55 weekdays, 07:25 to 13:55 Saturdays, closed Sundays). A ticket machine is available outside these times and for collecting pre-paid tickets. There are basic shelters, digital information screens and timetable poster boards on each platform, along with a P.A system to provide automated train running announcements (the information screens, CCTV cameras & P.A. speakers were installed in September 2015).[3] Step-free access is not possible to either platform, as they can only reached by staircases from the road above.[4]


A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Eccles
A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Eccles

Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly service from Eccles to Crewe via Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport eastbound and Liverpool Lime Street westbound. Extra trains run at peak periods, with a handful of services to/from Manchester Victoria.[5] A small number of through trains to Chester and Leeds via Bradford Interchange also stop here on weekdays since the May 2019 timetable change.

On Sundays, the service runs between Liverpool Lime Street and Wilmslow via Manchester Piccadilly and the Airport, though whilst Lime Street station was closed for remodelling in June and July 2018 a temporary timetable was in operation (with trains running between Huyton and Victoria only in the evening and at weekends).

The station used to be served by North Wales services in the morning peak but this has now ceased. However, with the creation of the MediaCityUK complex in Salford Quays, a much more frequent pattern of services stopping at Eccles has now been reviewed. [1]

See also


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 89. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ "Eccles Station Heritage" Freccles website article; Retrieved 22 December 2016
  3. ^ '"Eccles station news" Friends of Eccles Station news article; Retrieved 22 December 2016
  4. ^ Eccles station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 22 December 2016
  5. ^ Table 90 National Rail timetable, May 2019
Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Patricroft   Northern Trains
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Deansgate or
Manchester Victoria
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  London and North Western Railway   Weaste
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Monton Green   LNWR   Weaste