Eccles railway station
Eccles railway station in 2014.
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eccles from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station is next to the M602 motorway and is a short distance from Eccles 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.
The station is staffed part-time, with a small ticket office (rebuilt in the summer of 2013) at street level. This is manned 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). Step-free access is not possible to either platform, as they can only reached by staircases from the road above.
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. 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. 
- 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.
- "Eccles Station Heritage" Freccles website article; Retrieved 22 December 2016
- '"Eccles station news" Friends of Eccles Station news article; Retrieved 22 December 2016
- Eccles station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 22 December 2016
- Table 90 National Rail timetable, May 2019
|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 
Railway Lines in Salford
Past, present and future
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Liverpool to Manchester Line
Line and station open
|London and North Western Railway||Weaste|
Line open, station closed