Meadowhall Interchange

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Meadowhall Interchange National Rail Supertram (Sheffield)
185 149 at Meadowhall June 2011.jpg
First TransPennine Express 185149 at Meadowhall; June 2011
Place Sheffield
Local authority City of Sheffield
Coordinates 53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°W / 53.4167; -1.4141Coordinates: 53°25′00″N 1°24′51″W / 53.4167°N 1.4141°W / 53.4167; -1.4141
Grid reference SK390912
Station code MHS
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms National Rail - 4
Sheffield Supertram - 2
Bus station - 16
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2007/08 Decrease 1.221 million
2008/09 Increase 1.695 million
2009/10 Increase 1.812 million
2010/11 Increase 1.934 million
2011/12 Increase 2.057 million
2012/13 Increase 2.125 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Travel South Yorkshire
Zone Sheffield & Rotherham
1990 Opened
National RailUK 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.
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Meadowhall Interchange is a transport interchange in north-east Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, which consists of a railway station, tram stop and combined bus and coach station. The interchange was opened by British Rail under the Regional Railways sector in 1990 along with the adjacent Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which can be accessed by a covered suspension footbridge over the River Don. It is served by the majority of rail services heading north from Sheffield, a large range of bus and coach services and the Yellow, and at peak times Purple, Supertram lines.

Layout and services[edit]


The railway station has four platforms on two separate lines, which split just south of the station. Platforms 1 and 2 are located on the main line to Doncaster, Cleethorpes and Hull, while Platforms 3 and 4 are on both the Penistone Line and the Hallam Line.

Side Platform
Platform 4 - Northern services towards Barnsley, Huddersfield, Leeds and Wakefield Kirkgate
Platform 3 - Northern services towards Sheffield, Chesterfield and Nottingham
Side Platform
Side Platform
Platform 2 - TransPennine and Northern services towards Rotherham, Doncaster and Cleethorpes
Platform 1 - TransPennine and Northern services towards Sheffield, Manchester and Manchester Airport
Side Platform

Trains per hour at peak times:

Northern Rail

First TransPennine Express

At other times of the day, there are also Northern Rail services that terminate at Adwick, Barnsley, Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Manchester Piccadilly, Retford, Scunthorpe, Worksop and York.

High Speed 2[edit]

High Speed 2, upon opening, will serve Meadowhall[1] on a high-level viaduct station parallel to the existing M1 motorway Tinsley Viaduct. As a result of the new viaduct, the platforms on the Sheffield to Hull Line (1 and 2) and Supertram platforms will be relocated.[2] A new Supertram line from Dore to Meadowhall will be built to improve connectivity to HS2.[3]


Sheffield Supertram platforms at the interchange

Meadowhall Interchange tram stop, stop code MEI, consists of two platforms in an island platform layout, one of only two island platforms on the Supertram network (the other being at Netherthorpe Road). Both of the platforms are terminating platforms. Meadowhall is the only Supertram terminus station with two platforms; this is because, at off-peak times, two services terminate here rather than one.

The two platforms at Meadowhall Interchange and numbered MEI1 and MEI2, with the prefix avoiding any confusion with the National Rail platforms. Meadowhall is the terminus for the Yellow Route and, at off-peak times only, the Purple Route. Services are not allocated a platform and simply use whichever is free when they arrive, however yellow route services generally use the platform which does not involve using the pointwork at the entry to the stop.

The current peak time frequency, in trams per hour, is as follows:

  • 6 to Middlewood (Yellow Route)
  • 2 to Herdings Park via Cathedral (Purple Route)Off-peak only

Future tram-train[edit]

From 2017, Meadowhall Interchange is scheduled to be the terminus for the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train pilot, which will run on to Parkgate Shopping Centre in Rotherham via Rotherham Central railway station using dedicated vehicles.[citation needed]

Bus and coach[edit]

Bus interchange and footbridge

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's main city centre Interchange. As a result, many coach services for Sheffield call at Meadowhall instead of the central Sheffield Interchange. To link passengers with Sheffield city centre, there are many bus services between Sheffield Interchange and Meadowhall Interchange, including the express X78 every ten minutes.

The bus station at Meadowhall Interchange is divided into four main rows - A row, closest to the shopping centre; B row; C row; and D row, closest to the rail platforms. The rows are divided into individual 'stands'; effectively bus stops integrated into the bus station. There are sixteen stands - A1 to A5; B1 and B2; C1 to C5; and D1 to D4.

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. All other scheduled bus services, to locations across South Yorkshire, have their own dedicated 'stand' which they will always depart from; there are passenger information screens throughout the bus station to help passengers find their stand.

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.


Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First TransPennine Express
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Stagecoach Supertram
Terminus   Yellow Line   Meadowhall South/Tinsley
towards Middlewood or Herdings Park
  Purple Line
(Peak Hours Only)
  Future services  
East Midlands Hub   TBA
High Speed 2
  Leeds New Lane