Guidance

Penistone community rail line

Community rail line service between Barnsley and Huddersfield.

Documents

Penistone Line: prospectus

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Penistone Line: map

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Detail

The Penistone Line connects Huddersfield and Sheffield via Penistone and Barnsley, serving many rural communities.

Route data

Region Yorkshire and Humber
Locale South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Kirklees, Holme Valley, Penistone
Stations 17
Length 37 miles
Journey time About 47 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line
Pilot project Yes
Designation date September 2005
Partnership Penistone Line Partnership
Operator(s) Northern

The Penistone Line serves the following 17 stations:

  • Huddersfield
  • Lockwood
  • Berry Brow
  • Honley
  • Brockholes
  • Stocksmoor
  • Shepley
  • Denby Dale
  • Penistone
  • Silkstone Common
  • Dodworth
  • Barnsley
  • Wombwell
  • Elsecar
  • Chapeltown
  • Meadowhall
  • Sheffield

The 5 stations between Barnsley and Sheffield are not part of the designated community rail route although are part of the wider Penistone Line.

Pilot line

The Penistone Line was one of the first designated ‘community railways’. Seven pilot routes were selected which could demonstrate different aspects of the community rail development strategy. The Penistone Line was selected as one of the pilots because of the mixed traffic running between 2 passenger transport executives.

The 7 pilot routes:

  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives - St Erth) in Cornwall.
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard) in Cornwall.
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake - Plymouth) in Cornwall/Devon
  • Abbey Line (St Albans - Watford Junction) in Hertfordshire
  • Poacher Line (Skegness - Grantham) in Lincolnshire
  • Penistone Line (Barnsley - Huddersfield) in South and West Yorkshire
  • Esk Valley Line (Whitby - Middlesbrough) in North Yorkshire and Teesside

Community rail designation

The Penistone Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in September 2005. The designation covers the line and the passenger services between Barnsley and Huddersfield. The following stations are designated community rail stations:

  • Lockwood
  • Berry Brow
  • Honley
  • Brockholes
  • Stocksmoor
  • Shepley
  • Denby Dale
  • Penistone
  • Barnsley

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Penistone Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s Cross Pennines, Yorks and Humber and north west (H) strategic route plan

The Penistone Line Partnership

The Penistone Line Partnership draws together train operator Northern Rail, Network Rail, local authorities and users. It raises awareness of the railway in the local community, promotes and markets the line, develops ideas and arranges funding for local improvements. The partnership operates a regular programme of live music on trains and guided walks from the train.