Barnsley Interchange
National Rail
General information
LocationBarnsley, Barnsley
Coordinates53°33′15″N 1°28′39″W / 53.554080°N 1.477590°W / 53.554080; -1.477590
Grid referenceSE347065
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityTravel South Yorkshire
Other information
Station codeBNY
Fare zoneBarnsley
ClassificationDfT category C2
Original companySheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield & Goole Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
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
2018/19Decrease 1.333 million
 Interchange Decrease 26,802
2019/20Increase 1.338 million
 Interchange Increase 31,803
2020/21Decrease 0.314 million
 Interchange Decrease 4,562
2021/22Increase 1.033 million
 Interchange Increase 19,202
2022/23Increase 1.213 million
 Interchange Increase 22,708
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Barnsley Interchange is a combined rail and bus station in the centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It was first opened in 1850 as Barnsley Exchange railway station and is 16 miles (26 km) north of Sheffield. It is on the Hallam and Penistone Lines, both operated by Northern Trains. On 20 May 2007, the new bus station and refurbished railway station were officially opened by Travel South Yorkshire, with the combined facility renamed to Barnsley Interchange.

Earlier history

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]

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive rebuilt the station in 2007 to improve interchange with bus services, and the redesign won a Civic Building award.[4]


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.[5]

In popular culture

In 2013 it was used as a filming location in Channel 4's cult drama series Utopia.[6]

Rail services

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 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. One northbound Sunday service from Sheffield to Leeds extends to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle line.Table 27 National Rail timetable, May 2023

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. The service drops to three per hour (one fast & two stopping) on Sundays.

In May 1999, Midland Mainline commenced a daily weekday service to London St Pancras.[8][9] The service was withdrawn by East Midlands Trains on 5 September 2008.[10]

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

Bus services

Barnsley Interchange
General information
LocationEldon Street North, Barnsley town centre
Barnsley (S70 1SE)
United Kingdom
Owned bySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Operated bySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Bus stands24
Bus operatorsGlobe Coaches, National Express, Powell's Bus, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel, Waterson Coaches
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Opened20 May 2007

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 24 bus 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.

As of February 2021, the stand allocation is:

Stand Route Destination
A1 2 Sheffield, Moor Market Bus interchange     
X17 Matlock Bus interchange     
A2 66 Elsecar National Rail     
A3 7 Hoyland     
67, 67a, 67b, 67c Wombwell National Rail     
94, 94a Denby Dale National Rail     
A4 23a Deepcar     
24, 24a Ingbirchworth     
96 Wakefield Bus interchange     
A5 20 Penistone National Rail     
21, 21a Crow Edge     
22 Gilroyd     
A6 93 Woolley Colliery     
95, 95a Kexbrough     
A7 43, 44 Pogmoor     
A8 12 Athersley South     
A9 11 Athersley North     
A10 1 Staincross     
A11 no services allocated
A12 no services allocated
A13 57 Royston     
59, 59a Wakefield Bus interchange     
A14 27, 27a, 27b Wombwell National Rail     
28, 28c Pontefract Bus interchange     
A15 36 South Elmsall National Rail Bus interchange     
38 Grimethorpe     
via Cundy Cross, Lundwood, Cudworth and Shafton (Watersons)
A16 32 Cudworth     
A17 6 Worsbrough Dale     
A18 22X Rotherham National Rail Sheffield Supertram Bus interchange     
222 Cortonwood     
226 Thurnscoe National Rail     
A19 X19 Doncaster National Rail Bus interchange     
X20 Doncaster National Rail Bus interchange     
A20 218, 218a Rotherham National Rail Sheffield Supertram Bus interchange     
219, 219a Doncaster National Rail Bus interchange     
A21 X10 Leeds Bus interchange     
A22 no services allocated
A23 National Express intercity coach services and rail replacement bus services


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