Barnetby railway station

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Barnetby National Rail
Barnetby Railway Station.jpg
Pedestrian bridge over platforms
Place Barnetby-le-Wold
Local authority North Lincolnshire
Coordinates 53°34′30″N 0°24′36″W / 53.57503°N 0.40990°W / 53.57503; -0.40990Coordinates: 53°34′30″N 0°24′36″W / 53.57503°N 0.40990°W / 53.57503; -0.40990
Grid reference TA053098
Station code BTB
Managed by TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 4
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 68,636
– Interchange  Increase 3,100
2012/13 Decrease 64,904
– Interchange  Increase 3,273
2013/14 Decrease 61,437
– Interchange  Decrease 2,797
2014/15 Increase 67,242
– Interchange  Increase 4,309
2015/16 Decrease 64,576
– Interchange  Decrease 3,998
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barnetby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
View in 1961 towards Lincoln/Retford/Doncaster
View in 1962 towards Immingham and Grimsby

Barnetby railway station serves the village of Barnetby-le-Wold in North Lincolnshire, England. It is operated by TransPennine Express, with East Midlands Trains and Northern also serving the station.

Barnetby railway station is unstaffed, and is popular with railway enthusiasts for the freight which passes through.


The railway first came to Barnetby in 1848 when the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway was constructed. This line ran from Sheffield, through Retford, Torksey, Lincoln and Market Rasen before reaching Barnetby – then on to Grimsby. A year later, the section of route between Gainsborough and Barnetby was opened, establishing the village's future as a railway centre. The most important connection – and still is to this day - was the building of the Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway in 1866 – through the steel town of Scunthorpe. Over the following years, these railways – and several others became part of the Great Central Railway.

The Great Central Railway recognised the importance of the Humber ports. As well as developing Grimsby, the company invested heavily in Immingham Docks. Immingham was unique among the Humber ports in that a deep water channel made easy access for ships at all states of the tide. This suited the Great Central Railway as one of its chief flows of traffic was coal from the South Yorkshire and East Midlands coal-fields.

With the increased traffic through Barnetby, the track infrastructure needed more investment. At the time, Barnetby had a fairly simple layout based on a standard double track. It even had a level crossing near to where the Kings Road bridge is today. To make passage easier, the Great Central Railway invested in the quadrupling of the track between Wrawby Junction and Brocklesby Junction – together with much improved signalling. The level crossing was removed and the Kings Road underbridge was built. To handle the traffic, new signal boxes were built at Wrawby Junction, Barnetby West, Barnetby East, Melton Ross and Brocklesby Junction.

In 1923, the Great Central Railway became part of the London and North Eastern Railway then, in 1948, part of British Railways. In later years the infrastructure became part of Railtrack – and ultimately Network Rail.

Whilst most railway freight traffic passes through the village, in years past the village generated a small amount of its own business. The nearby malt kiln was opened in 1875, and the village cattle market used rail transport. Sadly, the cattle market is long gone and the malt kiln is crumbling away. The station's platform buildings (waiting rooms, toilets etc.) were demolished in the late 1980s and replaced by shelters, but the main building next to the footbridge still stands (it is used as office accommodation by Network Rail).

A serious accident occurred near the station in 1983, when one passenger died after a freight and passenger train collided.

The lines through the station were re-signalled over the Christmas and New Year of 2015–16, with the new colour light signals installed and the old manual signal boxes at Wrawby Junction & Barnetby East closed during a 17-day blockade.[1] The area is now under the control of the North East Rail Operating Centre at York.


The station is unmanned as noted, but has a self-service ticket machine to allow passengers to buy tickets prior to departure or for the collection of pre-paid tickets. There are waiting shelters on each island platform (but no other permanent buildings), along with customer help points, digital information screens and timetable poster boards. Step-free access is available to all platforms via the fully accessible footbridge from the car park and station entrance.[2]


The station receives weekday calls from TransPennine Express services between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport via Sheffield every hour in each direction, along with East Midlands Trains services from Grimsby to Lincoln and Newark (roughly every two hours). Northern services to Sheffield via Brigg and Retford only operate on Saturdays (three trains each way).[3]

Sundays see hourly trains to Cleethorpes & Manchester (two-hourly in the morning) and a limited service to Lincoln during the summer months only.

One morning outbound and one evening return East Midlands Trains service operates to/from Cleethorpes, this service extension runs Sunday to Friday only.



  1. ^ Network Rail. "Renewing the signalling in North Lincolnshire" (Press release). Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Barnetby station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Table 27, 29 & 30 National Rail timetable, December 2016

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Media related to Barnetby railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
(Saturdays only)
TransPennine Express
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Central Railway Terminus
Terminus Great Central Railway
Market Rasen Branch
Line open, station closed
Line and station open
Great Central Railway
Line open, station closed