National Rail Sheffield Supertram
Sheffield station from Sheaf Square
General information
LocationSheffield, City of Sheffield
Coordinates53°22′41″N 1°27′43″W / 53.378°N 1.462°W / 53.378; -1.462
Grid referenceSK358869
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTravel South Yorkshire
Platforms11 – 9 train, 2 tram[a]
Other information
Station codeSHF
Fare zoneSheffield
ClassificationDfT category B
Key dates
1870Opened as Pond Street
1956Rooftop removed
1973Power signal box built
1994Supertram platforms opened
2006Major redevelopment completed
2018/19Increase 9.908 million
 Interchange  Increase 1.066 million
2019/20Increase 10.095 million
 Interchange  Decrease 1.050 million
2020/21Decrease 1.907 million
 Interchange  Decrease 0.179 million
2021/22Increase 7.206 million
 Interchange  Increase 0.625 million
2022/23Increase 8.677 million
 Interchange  Increase 0.766 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Sheffield station (formerly Pond Street[1] and later Sheffield Midland) is a combined railway station and tram stop in Sheffield, England; it is the busiest station in South Yorkshire, and the third busiest in Yorkshire & the Humber.[2] Adjacent is Sheffield station/Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Supertram stop.


1870 – 1960

The stone façade of Sheffield station, added in 1905. The Park Hill flats are in the background.

The station was opened in 1870 by the Midland Railway to the designs of the company architect John Holloway Sanders.[3] It was the fifth and last station to be built in Sheffield city centre.

The station was built on the 'New Line', which ran between Grimesthorpe Junction, on the former Sheffield and Rotherham Railway, and Tapton Junction, just north of Chesterfield. This line replaced the Midland Railway's previous route, the 'old road', to London, which ran from Sheffield Wicker via Rotherham.

The new line and station were built despite some controversy and opposition locally. The Duke of Norfolk, who owned land in the area, insisted that the southern approach be in a tunnel and the land known as The Farm landscaped to prevent the line being seen. Some years later the tunnel was opened out into a cutting. Sheffield Corporation was so concerned about the eastern side of the city being cut off from the city centre that it insisted that public access be preserved across the railway site.[4]

The interior stonework and iron roof on the station concourse

The station and Pond Street Goods Depot opened on a damp and cold day without any celebrations. There were originally different passenger entrances for each class. The original station buildings have been preserved and are between island platforms 2 to 5.

The station was given two extra platforms and a new frontage in 1905 at a cost of £215,000 (equivalent to £29,160,000 in 2023).[5] The enlargements consisted of creating an island platform out of the old platform 1 and building a new platform 1 and a new entrance. These works were overseen by the Chief Architect to the Midland Railway Charles Trubshaw.

Offices were built at the north end of the 300 feet (91 m) long carriageway rooftop. A large parcels office was built to the south of the main buildings. Two footbridges connected the platforms, the one to the north for passengers, the one to the south for station staff and parcels. The tracks were covered by two overall roofs. The older and larger spanned platforms 5 and 6, and an identical structure can still be viewed today at Bath Green Park railway station; the other platforms 1 and 2. Wartime damage put the roofs beyond economic repair; hence, they were removed in the autumn of 1956 and replaced by low-level awnings.

1960 – 2002

The 1960s saw the introduction of the Class 45 and Class 46 diesel-electric engines, known as Peaks.[6] Sheaf House was built in 1965[7][full citation needed] adjacent to the station to house British Rail's Sheffield Division headquarters. As part of the reconstruction of the area as the "Gateway to Sheffield", it was demolished in early 2006. In 1970, Sheffield's other main station, Sheffield Victoria, was closed and its remaining services, from Penistone, were diverted until 1981 via a cumbersome reversal. The Pullman service between Sheffield Victoria and London King's Cross, including the morning and evening Master Cutler now ran onto the East Coast Main Line via Retford from Sheffield Midland instead. This was the third route used by the train of that name; originally it had run to London Marylebone. The station was resignalled in 1972, and its track layout remodelled. British Rail introduced the High Speed Train (HST) to Sheffield on the Midland Main Line in 1984. The cross-country services had seen the introduction of the HSTs in 1982. On 21 December 1991, the station was flooded by the River Sheaf, which flows under it. A log that was part of the debris commemorates the event on platform 5. In 1991. construction of the new Supertram network began and by late 1994 Sheffield Midland was connected to the network, after the opening of the line between Fitzalan Square in the city centre and Spring Lane, to the east of the station.[8]

2002 – present

CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains.
The station concourse, post- redevelopment.

In 2002, Midland Mainline, as the main train operating company of the station, instigated a major regeneration of Sheffield station. Before this, a taxi rank was located inside what is now the main concourse and the new entrance hall. The stone façade of the station was sandblasted and its archways filled with unobstructed windows to improve views both from inside and out.[9] Other changes included the improvement of platform surfaces and the addition of a pedestrian bridge connecting the station concourse with the Sheffield Supertram stop at the far side of the station.[10]

To coincide with the regeneration of the station, Sheaf Square was rebuilt as part of a project designed to create the Gateway to Sheffield. The station and the square form part of a route that leads passengers through the square past the 262.5 feet (80 m) Cutting Edge water feature, up Howard Street and into the Heart of the City.[11] This Gateway to Sheffield won the Project of the Year Award in the 2006 National Rail Awards.[12]

On 11 November 2007, East Midlands Trains, an amalgamation of Midland Mainline and part of Central Trains, took over the management of the station.

In December 2009, following the restoration of the station, a new pub, the Sheffield Tap, opened next to platform 1B.[13] The room, located within the main station building, had been used as a store room for 35 years but was used for much longer as a bar and restaurant, catering for first class passengers since 1904.[14] The bar has a restored early 20th century interior and offers a selection of quality cask ales and beers from around the world.[13] Since opening, the bar has won the National Railway Heritage Award and the Cask Ale pub of the year award.[15]

In October 2010, East Midland Trains initiated £10 million worth of improvements to its stations. Sheffield received renovated waiting rooms, toilet facilities and upgraded security systems amongst its improvements.[16] A new first class lounge on platform 5, part of these improvements, opened on 18 January 2011.[17] The lounge was opened by the Master Cutler Professor Bill Speirs who was joined by 50 top business leaders from Sheffield and the surrounding area.[18]

Station footbridge controversy

The bridge at the centre of the controversy

In 2008, East Midlands Trains revealed its intention to restrict access to parts of the station by installing ticket barriers to try to prevent passengers from travelling without a ticket. This proposal met with widespread opposition from residents and Council members because the footbridge would be closed off to non-ticket holders, severing a popular thoroughfare from the Norfolk Park residential area and the Supertram stop on one side, to the station travel centre, the bus interchange, the city centre and the city centre campus of Sheffield Hallam University on the other. On 6 May 2009, East Midlands Trains implemented its proposal, using temporary barriers and ticket inspectors to bar access to the footbridge to non-ticket holders, and local residents and Supertram passengers were forced to use longer routes around the station.[19]

In November 2009, East Midlands Trains were refused planning permission for the barriers by the council,[20] but in February 2010 announced it would apply again.[21] Transport Secretary Lord Adonis announced in April 2010 that barriers would not be installed until a second bridge was built to maintain a thoroughfare for non-ticket holders.[22]

From September 2010, East Midlands Trains used uniformed staff to prevent local residents using the footbridge.[23] At the same time, Sheffield City Council explored the possibility of turning the bridge into a public right-of-way to resolve the matter. In late 2010, it was reported that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, might intervene to resolve the impasse.[24]

In March 2012, Transport Minister Justine Greening offered £3 million to build a new footbridge to resolve the problem.[25]

Tickets are not currently required to enter the station or to use the footbridge, which gives access to the Sheffield Station tram stop to the east.[26]


Ian Yeowart, former managing director of Grand Central, put forward in 2009 a bid for new open access Alliance Rail Holdings services operating on the East Coast Main Line.[27] As part of the scheme, four services a day would operate between Sheffield and London King's Cross via Alfreton, Nottingham and Grantham, meaning Sheffield would be connected to the capital by both the Midland Main Line and the East Coast Main Line routes once again. Yeowart has proposed the resurrection of the name GNER for the service, which has been unused since the last franchise of that name ended in 2007. However, in 2010 these proposed Sheffield to London Kings Cross services via the East Coast Main Line were rejected. In the 2010 Rail Utilisation Strategy, it quoted that the Midland Main Line north of Bedford will be electrified in 2020.[28] The line is currently one of the few major main lines that is not electrified and the plan found that the project would provide significantly enhanced services and significant financial savings.[28] In July 2017 Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced the electrification plan for the whole of the Midland Main Line would not go ahead as previously planned. Instead the section from Clay Cross in Derbyshire to Sheffield will be electrified by 2033 as part of the planned HS2. As an interim measure bi-mode trains, claimed to offer benefits similar to high speed electric trains were to be used. A National Audit Office report said: "In the case of Midland Main Line, bi-mode trains with the required speed and acceleration did not exist when the Secretary of State made his decision." The MP for Loughborough (another area to have been served by the proposed electrification scheme) and Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Nicky Morgan said of the revised plans, "Now we see the decision to cancel it was based on fantasy trains that didn't even exist and the Midlands being a guinea pig for an untested technology".[29][30][31][32][33][34]

CrossCountry, aspiring to improve their overall network and services, aims to increase services between Sheffield and Leeds. East Midlands Railway also plans to make service improvements to its services between Liverpool and Norwich via Sheffield with two-car Class 158 trains doubling in capacity to four cars.[35] Coupled with newly acquired Class 156 trains, this will lead to an extra 1,500 seats being available each day on this service.[36] Northern, responsible for operating most local services in the Sheffield area, announced in August 2011 that extra services between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly would begin in December that year. The Hope Valley Line, which will see an extra service in each direction during the peak evening period, is a key commuter route and currently has a two-hour gap in its evening schedule, which will be filled by the new services.[37]

As part of the HS2 plans, a new platform would need to be constructed which would provide additional capacity for HS2, which approved the new route via Sheffield in July 2017.[38] Two trains per hour are to serve Sheffield on the new high speed line. The work for HS2 will see the footprint of the station expand and major reconfiguration of the tram and roads surrounding the station to accommodate the extra services.

Station facilities

The main station entrance, facing Sheaf Square, is the location of the main concourse and most of the station's facilities. The ticket office, ticket machines, information desk and a number of retail units are located there, and public toilets and facilities such as cash machines.[39] There are further shops and facilities on the island platforms and in the Supertram entrance hall at the far side of the station. There are waiting rooms on the island platforms and the East Midlands Railway first class lounge is within the station buildings, on platform 5.

There is a 678-space car park situated next to the main station building (Q Park) and there is a reserved parking area for blue badge holders in the main station building.[39] There is also a taxi rank (Sheffield Taxi Group) outside the station building, next to the disabled car park. Bicycle storage is provided on platforms 1a and 3a. The whole station, including platforms, concourse and Supertram stop, is accessible to disabled passengers.

Station layout

A panoramic view of the station. The Supertram stop is on the left and the city centre and Sheaf Street on the right.
The station from the east. In the foreground are the Supertram stop and the station entrance hall. In the distance is the city centre.
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Sheffield station
North & Eastern routes
to the North & the East
South & Western routes
Midland Main Line & others
to the South & the West

The station is divided into four parts: the main building/concourse and platforms 1a/1b; the first island with platforms 2a-5b; the second island with platforms 6a-8b; and the adjoining Supertram stop. All sections are connected by a large footbridge.

Sheffield station is designed to accommodate both through and terminating trains. Platforms 2c, 3, 4 and 7 can be used by terminating trains only. The station has 9 platforms, numbered 1 to 8 and 2C. Platforms 1, 3 and 4 are divided into a and b sections to allow a brief stabling of terminating services before they are scheduled to depart. The station has four through roads which are used for through running or more commonly for stabling stock. Between platforms 5 and 6 these are known as "1-Up" and "2-Up" (they are on the "Up" or London-bound side of the station) whilst between platforms 1 and 2 are the "through road" with a direct path through the station or by a central crossover to the north end of platform 1 (1b), and "down station siding".

Prior to the 1972, multiple-aspect signalling (MAS) scheme, the southern half of the current platform 8 was called platform 9. Trains from the north from platform 9 could avoid trains stood at platform 8 via an additional through road.

The platforms are generally used as follows:

Supertram stop

Sheffield Station / Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Supertram station
The tram stop in 2008. The mainline station is behind the cream wall to the left of the tram.
General information
LocationGranville Street, Park Hill, Sheffield
Coordinates53°22′40″N 1°27′40.6″W / 53.37778°N 1.461278°W / 53.37778; -1.461278
Owned byTravel South Yorkshire
Line(s)Blue Route
Purple Route
Platforms2 in use
Plus 3 from original station retained for additional capacity when required
Structure typeEmbankment
Platform levels1
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
Station codeSHS

Sheffield Station / Sheffield Hallam University stop on the Sheffield Supertram has direct interchange with Sheffield railway station. The station is built on top of a walled embankment high above platform 8 on the eastern side of the station; this embankment formerly carried Granville Street past the station, which was downgraded to a lineside public footpath when the embankment was repurposed to carry the Supertram line past the station in the early 1990s. In addition to the mainline station, the stop also serves the City Campus of Sheffield Hallam University and the Park Hill estate above the railway station.

The original stop opened in 1994 with the rest of the network. The original stop had three platforms – two on the northbound (inbound to the city centre) track, to allow for terminating Purple Route services prior to their extension to Cathedral in the city centre – and was connected to platform 6 of the main station by a simple staircase.

In line with the refurbishment of the rest of the station in the early 2000s, the tram stop was rebuilt in 2002 around 150 metres (500 ft) to the south of the existing platforms. As well as two new platforms, a ticket hall was constructed at the end of the main station footbridge over the top of platform 8, providing a direct connection from the tram stop to the station footbridge and the rest of the mainline station. Following the opening of the new stop, the old platforms were left in situ but have only ever been used in recent years in times of engineering works where additional platform space has been required.


East Midlands Railway[43]


TransPennine Express[45]

Northern Trains[46]

HS2 Services

HS2 will see a spur south of Chesterfield branch off the Main Route, which will go via the M18, allowing trains to head into a stop at Chesterfield and also head to Sheffield via the Sheffield to Leeds Line.[47][48]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Peak Hours only
East Midlands Railway
Limited Service
Limited Service
East Midlands Railway
Midland Main Line
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Limited Service
Northern Trains
TerminusNorthern Trains
Sheffield – Cleethorpes
Very limited service
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
  Future services  
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Lincoln   Northern Connect
Lincoln – Leeds
Terminus   Northern Connect
Sheffield – Hull
Wakefield Westgate   Northern Connect
Bradford Interchange – Nottingham
East Midlands Hub   TBA
High Speed 2 via Sheffield to Leeds Line
Chesterfield   TBA
High Speed 2 via Sheffield to Leeds Line
Manchester Piccadilly   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
Terminus   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
Terminus   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
  Attercliffe Road
Line open, station closed
South Yorkshire Supertram
Granville Road/
The Sheffield College
towards Halfway
  Blue Line   Fitzalan Square/
Ponds Forge
towards Malin Bridge
Granville Road/
The Sheffield College
towards Herdings Park
  Purple Line   Fitzalan Square/
Ponds Forge
towards Cathedral

References and notes

  1. ^ The National Rail platforms are numbered 1–8 and 2C. In addition to the two operational Supertram platforms, three disused platforms – from the previous site of the Sheffield station tram stop before it was relocated in 2002 – remain extant and are occasionally used during engineering works, but no scheduled services call at them.
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  2. ^ "Estimates of station usage". ORR Data Portal. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
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  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
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  7. ^ Railway Magazine. August 1965. p. 483. ((cite magazine)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  14. ^ Yorkshire Post, 'All change as railway buffet thoroughly refreshed', 2009-12-03, Accessed 6 February 2011
  15. ^ Archived 10 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine The Sheffield Tap. Latest News. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011
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  31. ^ Topham, Gwyn (20 July 2017). "Grayling sparks fury by scrapping rail electrification plans". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  32. ^ Martin, Dan (29 March 2018). "Electrification scrapped on the promise of 'fantasy trains'". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  33. ^ Martin, Dan (21 July 2017). "Fury at Government as electrification of Midland Mainland scrapped". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Midland Main Line Electrification: Cancelled". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  35. ^ name="">East Midlands Railway Liverpool – Norwich Route'
  36. ^ East Midlands Trains Confirms Improvements for Liverpool – Norwich Route Archived 14 November 2010 at the Wayback MachineEMT Press Release
  37. ^ Northern Rail announce new Hope Valley Line services, 1 August 2011
  38. ^ "HS2 station work may cause Sheffield five years disruption". BBC News. 15 September 2017.
  39. ^ a b National Rail Enquiries page for Sheffield station. Accessed 5 August 2011
  40. ^ "Sheffield Train Station". Google maps. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
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  43. ^ Table 49 & 53 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  44. ^ "CrossCountry December 2023-June 2024 Timetable" (PDF).
  45. ^ Table 29 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  46. ^ Table 31,32,33,34,78 National Rail timetable, December 2018
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  48. ^ "HS2 South Yorkshire route change threatens new estate"BBC News – Sheffield & South Yorkshire article, 7 July 2016