Eccles railway station
|Eccles railway station in 2014.|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Liverpool and Manchester Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|15 September 1830||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eccles from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station is next to the M602 motorway and is 440 yards (400 m) away from the Eccles Metrolink station. 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 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. 
Alliance Rail t/a Great North Western Railway Company (GNWR) have Network Rail backing to operate services between London Euston and Leeds via Eccles and Huddersfield. The services are proposed to start in 2018 using Pendolino trains. 
A dedication plaque in memory of the 1941 Eccles rail crash.
- Eccles rail crash (1941) at the east end of the station in which 23 people were killed.
- Eccles rail crash (1984)
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 89. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eccles railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Eccles railway station from National Rail
- Since 2005 the Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) have adopted the station to help improve the environment and lobby for better passenger services.
- For a brief video history about the station 
|Salford Lines (Past, present and future)|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Newton-le- Willows on Sundays
Liverpool to Manchester Line
Manchester Oxford Road
Line and station open
|London and North Western Railway||Weaste
Line open, station closed