Meadowhall Interchange

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.

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.

Meadowhall Interchange National Rail Sheffield Supertram
185 149 at Meadowhall June 2011
First TransPennine Express 185149 at Meadowhall Interchange in June 2011
Location
PlaceSheffield
Local authorityCity of Sheffield
Coordinates53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°WCoordinates: 53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°W
Grid referenceSK390912
Operations
Station codeMHS
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms4 (National Rail)
2 (Sheffield Supertram)
16 (bus and coach station)
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 2.063 million
2014/15Increase 2.225 million
– Interchange 47,041
2015/16Decrease 2.138 million
– Interchange Decrease 39,915
2016/17Decrease 2.015 million
– Interchange Decrease 39,843
2017/18Decrease 1.874 million
– Interchange Decrease 38,226
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETravel South Yorkshire
ZoneSheffield & Rotherham
History
Original companyBritish Rail
4 September 1990Bus and heavy rail stations opened
21 March 1994Supertram platforms opened
National Rail – UK railway stations
* 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.

History

Previous stations

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 opening

Sheffield Supertram - Meadowhall Interchange 07-07-04
Supertram platforms in 2004

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.

Future

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 facilities

Layout

Meadowhall Station p1 2018
Platforms 1 and 2

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.

Meadowhall Station p3 2018
Platforms 3 and 4

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.

Platforms

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.

Meadowhall tram 2018
Supertram platforms in 2018

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.

Operation

National Rail services

Current off-peak services from the interchange include (in Trains per Hour, tph):

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Northern
Hallam Line
Northern
Penistone Line
Northern
Dearne Valley Line
Northern
Wakefield Line
  Future Services  
Sheffield   Northern Connect
Leeds - Lincoln
  Barnsley

Sheffield Supertram services

Meadowhall Interchange is located on the Sheffield Supertram network's Yellow Line and until 25 October 2018, the Purple Line during peak hours and Sundays. [10] This stopped when the tram train between Rotherham Parkgate and Cathedral began.[11]

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

Bus and coach services

Meadowhall - Interchange and Don Footbridge
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.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Meadowhall to get Sheffield's HS2 high-speed rail station"BBC News 28 January 2013
  2. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69019/hs2-arp-lr0-dr-rt-55151_3-0.pdf
  3. ^ "HS2: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Report 2016 (Research & Analysis)"High Speed 2 Ltd 7 July 2016; Retrieved 19 July 2016
  4. ^ "HS2 South Yorkshire route change threatens new estate"BBC News Sheffield & South Yorkshire news article 7 July 2016; Retrieved 19 July 2016
  5. ^ "New Sheffield Supertram line in ‘transport revolution’"The Star news article 28 January 2013
  6. ^ Table 34 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  7. ^ Table 29 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  8. ^ Table 30 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  9. ^ Table 33 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
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Brightside railway station is a former railway station in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The station served the communities of Brightside and Wincobank and was situated on the Midland Main Line on Holywell Road, lying between Attercliffe Road and Holmes railway station.

The station opened on 1 November 1838, at the same time as the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway from Wicker station and had two platforms although four tracks went through. The two outside tracks were for freight use whilst the two inside tracks were used by both stopping and express trains.

Despite the opening of Meadowhall Interchange in 1990, the station remained open until 1995. A limited service had continued in its last three years and the station closed without fanfare with a poster announcing that all remaining trains could be caught at Meadowhall.

Both platforms remain today albeit stripped of their features and in a bad state of repair; the standard South Yorkshire style bus shelters which had replaced the station buildings by the early 1980s were removed in early 2006. The footbridge remains open a public right of way from Dearne Street to Station Lane, however access to the platforms has been blocked off since the station's closure.

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Fitzalan Square

Fitzalan Square is a municipal square situated in the city centre of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. The present day square is one of the busiest areas of the city centre, with traffic and pedestrians continually moving through the area. It has a Sheffield Supertram stop and a taxi rank.

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Meadowhall

Meadowhall can refer to:

Meadowhall, an area of Sheffield

Meadowhall Interchange, a railway station, tram and bus stop in Sheffield

Meadow Hall and Wincobank railway station, a disused railway station in Sheffield

Meadowhall Shopping Centre, a shopping centre in Sheffield

Wincobank and Meadow Hall, a disused railway station in Sheffield

Meadowhall (shopping centre)

Meadowhall is an indoor shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It lies 3 miles (5 km) north-east of Sheffield city centre and 2 miles (3 km) from Rotherham town centre. It is the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and currently the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom; plans for an extension are currently under consideration, for completion in the 2020s, which would make Meadowhall the fourth-largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom.

The Meadowhall Retail Park is a separate development, owned by British Land, lying almost 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south of Meadowhall shopping centre in the Carbrook area of the city.

Meadowhall railway station (disambiguation)

Meadowhall railway station may refer to:

Meadowhall Interchange, current railway station in England

Meadow Hall and Wincobank railway station, closed railway station in England

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River Don, Yorkshire

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Sheffield Cathedral

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Stagecoach Sheffield

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Valley Centertainment

Valley Centertainment is a leisure and entertainment complex in the Don Valley in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It was built on land previously occupied by steel mills which also includes what is now Meadowhall shopping centre and the Fly DSA Arena. It is home to several restaurants, bars, a cinema, and a bowling alley as well as other attractions.

Wincobank railway station

Wincobank railway station, previously named Wincobank and Meadow Hall, was a railway station in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The station served the communities of Brightside and Wincobank and was situated on the Midland Main Line on Meadowhall Road, lying between Holmes and Brightside stations.There were no platforms on the Midland Railway line to Barnsley at the original Wincobank station.This was remedied when Meadowhall Station was later built on roughly the same site.

The station was opened on 1 April 1868 and had two platforms although four tracks went through. The two outside tracks were for freight use whilst the two inside tracks were used by both stopping and express trains. Only two were in general use as there were two slow and two fast lines.The Station had a subway to access the platforms from Meadowhall Road, and evidence of this can be seen of the bricked up arch in the North Western wall of the bridge abutment.

The station was situated just on the Rotherham side of the junction to the "Blackburn Valley" line of the South Yorkshire Railway which itself was just east of the Midland Railway junction which took services from Sheffield to Barnsley.

The station closed in 1956 as the immediate area was but sparsely populated and the nearby Brightside station more practical.Meadowhall Interchange station was built on the site and opened in 1990.

Today, the railway lines on the"Blackburn Valley" line (the South Yorkshire Railway), have been removed and a cyclepath has been laid, allowing cyclists, and pedestrians to walk between Ecclesfield and Meadowhall. The Meadowhall &Wincobank station house remains as a private residence(Which is the first station going North on this line)

The station changed names several times. In 1868 the station opened as Wincobank. It was renamed Wincobank and Meadow Hall station in July 1899 and back to Wincobank station in June 1951.

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