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Meadowhall Interchange is a transport interchange located in north-east Sheffield, consisting of a combined heavy rail station, tram stop and bus and coach station. The second-busiest heavy rail station in the city in terms of passenger numbers, Meadowhall Interchange provides connections between National Rail services, the Sheffield Supertram light rail network, intercity coach services and the city bus network.

Meadowhall Interchange National Rail Supertram (Sheffield)
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First TransPennine Express 185149 at Meadowhall Interchange in June 2011
Location
Place Sheffield
Local authority City of Sheffield
Coordinates 53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°W / 53.4167; -1.4141Coordinates: 53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°W / 53.4167; -1.4141
Grid reference SK390912
Operations
Station code MHS
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 4 (National Rail)
2 (Sheffield Supertram)
16 (bus and coach station)
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 2.057 million
2012/13 Increase 2.125 million
2013/14 Decrease 2.063 million
2014/15 Increase 2.225 million
– Interchange  47,041
2015/16 Decrease 2.138 million
– Interchange  Decrease 39,915
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Travel South Yorkshire
Zone Sheffield & Rotherham
History
Original company British Rail
4 September 1990 Bus and heavy rail stations opened
21 March 1994 Supertram platforms opened
National RailUK 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 Meadowhall Interchange from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The interchange was opened in 1990 by British Rail under the Regional Railways sector, to serve the new Meadowhall shopping centre, which opened at the same time and is connected to the interchange by a pedestrian footbridge. The interchange is now owned by Network Rail and operated by Northern, with additional services provided by TransPennine Express.

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HistoryEdit

Previous stationsEdit

The first station to be named after the Meadowhall area of the city, Meadowhall and Wincobank, was opened in 1868 by the South Yorkshire Railway on the Blackburn Valley Line from Sheffield Victoria to Barnsley. Meadowhall and Wincobank station closed in 1953 and the track was eventually lifted and converted into a cycle path in 1987, although the station building survives in good condition.

Upon opening in 1990, Meadowhall Interchange effectively replaced Brightside station, located around one mile further down the line towards Sheffield. However, limited services continued to serve Brightside for several years after the opening of Meadowhall Interchange, with Brightside station finally closing in 1995.

Historical railways
Brightside
Line open, station closed
  Regional Railways   Rotherham Central
Line and station open

Construction and openingEdit

Meadowhall Interchange was constructed to serve the new Meadowhall shopping centre, which opened on 4 September 1990 on the site of abandoned steelworks in the Don Valley in north-east Sheffield. The interchange was constructed to the north of the shopping centre on the opposite bank of the River Don, with a pedestrian suspension bridge linking the interchange with the shopping centre. The heavy rail and bus and coach stations opened in 1990.

The Sheffield Supertram light rail platforms opened on 21 March 1994. The section of line from Meadowhall to Fitzalan Square, in the city centre, was the first phase of the network to open.

FutureEdit

Meadowhall Interchange was selected as the initial site for Sheffield's High Speed 2 station, with a high-level viaduct station planned to be constructed parallel to the M1 motorway's Tinsley Viaduct adjacent to the mainline station.[1][2] However, these plans were eventually dropped, with plans for High Speed 2 services to instead serve Sheffield station in the city centre.[3][4]

As part of the plans for High Speed 2, proposals were put forward for the construction of a new Supertram line from Meadowhall Interchange to Dore & Totley station in the south-west of the city.[5]

Layout and facilitiesEdit

 
Sheffield Supertram platforms

LayoutEdit

The interchange is located to the north of Meadowhall shopping centre, to which it is connected by a pedestrian footbridge, which provides the main entrance to the interchange. Additionally, entrances are located from Meadowhall Road into the bus station, on Barrow Road from the park and ride car park onto the heavy rail platforms, and from Tyler Street directly from street level onto the main concourse.

The ticket office for National Rail services is located off to the side of the footbridge which connects the interchange with the shopping centre. This footbridge continues over platforms 1 and 2, opening up onto an raised open-air concourse area from which platforms 2 and 3 can be accessed. A further footbridge from this central concourse provides access to platform 4 and the Tyler Street interchange entrance; platform 1 and the Supertram platforms are accessed directly by steps down from the main footbridge, opposite the ticket office.

There are no ticket barriers at the interchange. In addition to the ticket office, several ticket machines are located in the open-air concourse between platforms 2 and 3. The main waiting room, with toilet and baby changing facilities, is located at the end of the light rail platforms, opening onto platform 1, with an additional waiting room provided on platform 2. A park and ride car park is located behind platform 2, with additional parking facilities available around the shopping centre.

A second concourse is located next to the bus and coach station and contains toilets, Travel South Yorkshire ticket purchasing facilities and a number of small shopping outlets.

PlatformsEdit

The station is located immediately to the north-east of Station Junction, where the Dearne Valley Line diverges from the Hallam and Penistone Lines. Platforms 1 and 2 are a pair of side platforms located closest to the shopping centre on the Dearne Valley Line. Platforms 3 and 4 are a pair of side platforms located on the other side of the central open-air concourse on the Hallam and Penistone Lines, laid out at a 45 degree angle to platforms 1 and 2.

The light rail platforms, numbered MEI1 and MEI2, are located immediately behind and parallel to platform 1; they are constructed in an island layout. Since the cessation of off-peak Purple Line services to Meadowhall Interchange, most tram services depart from platform MEI1.

There are a total of sixteen stands at the bus and coach station, arranged into four main rows, each accessed by zebra crossings. Row A, consisting of stands A1 to A5, is located alongside the bus station concourse. Row B, consisting of stands B1 and B2, is located as a small island between rows A and C. Row C, consisting of stands C1 to C5, and row D, consisting of stands D1 to D4, are a pair of parallel island rows located at the side of the bus station closest to the heavy rail platforms. The majority of intercity bus and coach services depart from row A, while city bus services depart from rows B, C and D.

OperationEdit

National Rail servicesEdit

Current off-peak services from the interchange include:

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Northern
Hallam Line
Northern
Leeds-Nottingham
Northern
Penistone Line
Northern
Dearne Valley Line
Northern
Wakefield Line
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine

Sheffield Supertram servicesEdit

Meadowhall Interchange is located on the Sheffield Supertram network's Yellow Line. Prior to 2015, certain off-peak Purple Line services were extended from the city centre to Meadowhall Interchange, but these have now ceased.

Current off-peak tram services from the interchange consist of six Yellow Line trams per hour to Middlewood, via the city centre.

Preceding station   Sheffield Supertram   Following station
Terminus   Yellow Line   Meadowhall South & Tinsley
towards Middlewood via the city centre

Bus and coach servicesEdit

 
Bus and coach interchange

Meadowhall bus and coach station is located a short distance from Junction 34 of the M1 motorway, meaning it is more conveniently located for intercity coach services than Sheffield Interchange in the city centre. As a result, many coach services for Sheffield call at Meadowhall Interchange instead of the city centre. To link passengers with Sheffield city centre, there are many bus services between Sheffield Interchange and Meadowhall Interchange, including the express X1 and X78 every ten minutes.

Intercity coach services, operated by Megabus and National Express, usually depart from stands A1 and A2, the two stands closest to the shopping centre. Coach service destinations include London, Leeds, Newcastle, Scotland and various airports. Meadowhall Interchange is also a major hub for intercity, local and city bus services operated by First South Yorkshire, Powells Bus, Stagecoach Yorkshire and TM Travel, including express routes X1 and X78 to Maltby and Doncaster respectively.

The bus station is in the PlusBus scheme, which means that train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. Meadowhall is in the same zone as Sheffield station.

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