Friends of Patricroft Station (FrOPS) and Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) are pleased to announce that a half hour Adjournment Debate on Rail Services in Eccles has been secured by Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles.
Part of the work of Friends of Patricroft Station (FrOPS) and Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) involves campaigning for a more frequent rail service at the local stations. This campaign takes many forms, including working with the rail franchise operator - Northern Rail - and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) towards a vision for service improvements. Additionally, representatives from both FrOPS and FRECCLES recently met with Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, to discuss support for improved rail service frequency at both Eccles and Patricroft station.
We are pleased to announce that a half hour Adjournment Debate is scheduled to take place in Westminster Hall next Wednesday, 26th March 2014, 4.30-5pm, on Rail Services in Eccles.
The debate will be broadcast and can be viewed on BBC Parliament or online through the Parliament.UK website.
We hope supporters will join us in welcoming this positive development in local rail services.
Volunteers from Friends of Patricroft Station have begun spring-cleaning the garden areas at Patricroft station - as you can see from the photos below, the daffodils in the planter tubs are blooming nicely (click on the images to enlarge the photos).
Community volunteers - and new volunteers are always welcome to join us at gardening sessions - have also begun clearing new planting areas and preparing for new plants in the forecourt area at the entrance to the station.
Dafodills on @PatricroftFrOPS
The FrOPS Twitter profile image has also received a spring make-over, showing support for Marie Curie Cancer Care with the addition of a Twibbon for March - the iconic Marie Curie daffodil emblem.
FRECCLES and FrOPS have drawn up the following prioritised list of aspirations for Eccles and Patricroft train services, for implementation from December 2014 onwards. These aspirations were presented to Transport for Greater Manchester at a meeting for Rail User Groups in February 2014; we wait to see how vigorously TfGM will pursue them.
Friends of Patricroft Station