Barnsley Interchange

Barnsley Interchange (formerly Barnsley Exchange station) lies in the centre of the town of Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, England. The station was opened in 1850 and is 16 miles (26 km) north of Sheffield. It is on the Hallam and Penistone Lines, both operated by Northern.

Barnsley Interchange National Rail
Local authorityBarnsley
Coordinates53°33′15″N 1°28′39″W / 53.554080°N 1.477590°W / 53.554080; -1.477590Coordinates: 53°33′15″N 1°28′39″W / 53.554080°N 1.477590°W / 53.554080; -1.477590
Grid referenceSE347065
Station codeBNY
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 1.502 million
– Interchange Increase 23,981
2015/16Decrease 1.483 million
– Interchange Increase 27,737
2016/17Decrease 1.479 million
– Interchange Increase 29,065
2017/18Decrease 1.421 million
– Interchange Increase 29,779
2018/19Decrease 1.333 million
– Interchange Decrease 26,802
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETravel South Yorkshire
Key datesOpened 1850 (1850)
Original companySheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield & Goole Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 January 1850Opened as Barnsley
2 June 1924Renamed Barnsley Low Town
1 August 1924Renamed Barnsley Exchange
13 June 1960Renamed Barnsley
20 May 2007Renamed Barnsley Interchange
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barnsley Interchange from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Earlier historyEdit

A 1912 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Barnsley. The present station is shown here as L&Y STA, on the line coloured blue.

The Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield & Goole Railway was formed in 1846 with the aim of providing access to the South Yorkshire coalfield. It was to link the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) near Horbury, with the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway near Brightside, by way of Barnsley. Whilst the railway was still at the planning stage, it was split in two at Barnsley, the northern portion being leased to the M&LR and the southern to the South Yorkshire, Doncaster & Goole Railway (SYD&G). The northern section opened first, and Barnsley station was opened with the line on 1 January 1850. The route of the southern section was changed, and instead, is connected to the SYD&G line near Mexborough. This section opened on 1 July 1851, and Barnsley then became a through station, although the two sections of line were operated by different railways. On 1 July 1854, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) opened a line from Penistone to Barnsley.[1][2][3]

Each of these railway companies went through various takeovers and amalgamations, until the early 20th century, when the station at Barnsley was co-owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR, successor to the M&LR), and the Great Central Railway (GCR, successor to the MS&LR and SYD&G). At the 1923 grouping, the GCR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), whilst the LYR formed part of the new London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), as did the Midland Railway (MR). The LYR and MR each contributed one station in Barnsley to the LMS, and since the ex-MR station was already distinguished as Barnsley Court House, the LMS renamed the former LYR station to Barnsley Low Town on 2 June 1924. Just two months later, on 1 August 1924, it was again renamed, this time to Barnsley Exchange.[3]

Barnsley Court House station closed on 19 April 1960, following the commissioning of a new chord line south of the town near Quarry Junction that linked the former SYR route down the Blackburn Valley with the ex-Midland Railway line from Sheffield Midland, allowing services on the latter route to serve the station (and continue northwards to Wakefield & Leeds). Subsequently, on 13 June 1960, Barnsley Exchange was renamed Barnsley.[3]


Station sign

The station is fully staffed throughout the day, with the booking office open from 06:00 to 19:30 Mondays to Saturdays and from 08:45 to 19:00 on Sundays. There are several self-service ticket machines provided for use outside these times and for collecting advance purchase tickets, located on the platform 2 side of the foot-bridge, and outside the ticket office. In the main building on platform 1, there is a waiting room and toilets. A separate waiting room (with vending machines for drinks and snacks) is located on platform 2, with a fully accessible footbridge (equipped with lifts) linking them; there is step-free access from the entrance and bus station to all platforms. Train running information is provided by automated announcements, digital display screens and timetable posters. There are a number of shops a short walk over the footbridge to the bus station, these include a newsagents, Lloyds Pharmacy, Coopland Bakery and a Subway restaurant.[4]

In popular cultureEdit

In 2013 it was used as a filming location in Channel 4's cult drama series Utopia.[5]

Barnsley Interchange rail servicesEdit

The station platforms in 1998.

Rail services operate frequently through Barnsley Interchange station. On the Hallam line during the day from Monday to Saturday, there are three trains per hour northbound bound to Leeds. Two are express services, calling only at Wakefield Kirkgate en route to Leeds whilst the third is an all-stations local that runs via Castleford. On Sundays, the service reduces to one express service and one stopping service to Leeds each hour. Two northbound Sunday services from Nottingham to Leeds extend to Carlisle via the Settle-Carlisle Line.[6]

On the Penistone line, there is an hourly service northbound to Huddersfield, now provided seven days a week.[7]

Southbound there are four trains per hour (2 fast and 2 stopping). Two of these services terminate at Sheffield whilst one fast train carries on to Nottingham and the other fast service runs through to Lincoln Central (now laying foundations for the Northern Connect service, cutting out all stops between Sheffield and Worksop to reduce journey times). The service drops to three per hour (one fast & two stopping) on Sundays.

From the near future, the Leeds to Lincoln Central via Sheffield and Retford will transfer to the new Northern Connect brand, using brand new trains with WiFi. Furthermore, services to Nottingham will also be cut from Barnsley, this service will join Northern Connect and operate a new route via Wakefield Westgate with less stops on the Erewash Valley Line. Northern have stated that the frequency of express services between Sheffield and Leeds via Barnsley will be maintained when the Nottingham service ends.[8]

In May 1999, Midland Mainline commenced a daily weekday service to London St Pancras.[9][10] The service was withdrawn by East Midlands Trains on 5 September 2008.[11]

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
Hallam Line
Penistone Line
  Future Services  
Meadowhall   Northern Connect
Leeds - Lincoln
  Wakefield Kirkgate

Barnsley Interchange bus servicesEdit

The new Barnsley Interchange was opened on 20 May 2007 by Secretary of State for Transport Douglas Alexander. The new building forms the entire new complex of Barnsley Interchange. Rail and bus users exit the interchange via the new car park or, for the town centre, the new entrance and exit is on Eldon Street. It has 21 stands, with 3 coach stands.

The bus station features the latest in technology such as the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive scheme of "Your Next Bus", tracking buses with GPS to check what time they are due to arrive and depart. Several shops occupy retail units within the interchange, including Lloyd's Pharmacy, GT News, Cowpuccino Espresso Bar, Cooplands and a Subway.

Work has since been completed on the link road, Schwäbisch Gmünd Way (formerly Interchange Way), which was renamed in honour of Barnsley's twin town in Germany. That enables buses to enter or leave the Interchange quickly, without having to use the busy level crossing at Jumble Lane.

Stagecoach Yorkshire operate most of the services from the Interchange, and Waterson's also operating services from the station. Stagecoach operate local routes throughout Barnsley and also to Wakefield, Pontefract, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Leeds. Local routes go as far north as Woolley and as far south as Elsecar.


  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 214–5, 217–8. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  2. ^ Dow, George (1959). Great Central, Volume One: The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 150, 228. ISBN 0-7110-1468-X.
  3. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 28. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ "Barnsley Interchange station facilities". National Rail.
  5. ^ "Where Was Utopia Series 2 filmed? Our Production Services Team Have The Answers..." Creative England. 14 July 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2019.
  6. ^ Northern (19 May 2019). "33 - Train Times; Leeds to Nottingham via Castleford" (PDF) – via
  7. ^ Northern (19 May 2019). "43 - Train Times; Huddersfield to Sheffield (Penistone Line)" (PDF) – via
  8. ^ "Northern Connect". Northern.
  9. ^ "MML serves 6 new stations". Rail. No. 355. 21 April 1999. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Barnsley-London direct". Rail Express. No. 36. May 1999. p. 8.
  11. ^ "End of the line for Barnsley-London service". Today's Railways UK. No. 83. November 2008. p. 14.

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