Silkstone Common railway station

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Silkstone Common
National Rail
Silkstone Railway Station.jpg
LocationSilkstone Common, Barnsley
United Kingdom
Coordinates53°32′06″N 1°33′49″W / 53.5350°N 1.5635°W / 53.5350; -1.5635Coordinates: 53°32′06″N 1°33′49″W / 53.5350°N 1.5635°W / 53.5350; -1.5635
Grid referenceSE290043
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authoritySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Other information
Station codeSLK
Fare zoneBarnsley
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
15 June 1959Closed
13 May 1983Reopened
2014/15Increase 39,466[1]
2015/16Increase 39,488[1]
2016/17Increase 40,248 [1]
2017/18Decrease 39,652 [1]
2018/19Decrease 36,926 [1]

The present Silkstone Common railway station, which opened by British Rail on 14 May 1983 serves the village of Silkstone Common, near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. The station is 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Barnsley on the Penistone Line between Huddersfield and Sheffield.


The original station, simply known as "Silkstone", was opened on 1 November 1855 and rebuilt on the same site in the last quarter of the 19th century in the "Double Pavilion" style favoured by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. The former station master's house remains towards the Penistone end of the present platform. This is now a private residence.

The present station is the third to serve the village.

The station is built over the tunnel through which passed the Silkstone Wagonway, an early rail link from the coal pits in Silkstone Common, via a rope-hauled incline and the village of Silkstone to the Barnsley Canal. Little can be seen from the station, but looking at the wall opposite the platform a small rise in the coping stones is detectable which coincides with the arch of the tunnel.

The station closed in June 1959 with the withdrawal of the Penistone–Barnsley–Doncaster stopping services, but was reopened in May 1983, after Sheffield–Huddersfield services had been diverted via the route.


The station in 2018

The station is unstaffed and has only basic amenities, including a waiting shelter, bench seating, timetable poster boards and CCTV cameras. No customer display screens or automated announcements are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance or from the conductor on board the train. No step-free access is available to the platform (pedestrian access is via steps from Knabb Lane or a barrow crossing from the car park on the other side of the line).[2] There is now a visual display showing train times and approximate arrival of trains, and in addition announcements, both visual and by speaker about what time the train will arrive and in addition if there are any delays. There is also wheelchair access from Knabbs Lane at the side of what used to be the station house.[citation needed] More recently[when?] an automated ticket machine has been located inside the new shelter, whereby tickets can be purchased via credit, debit and student cards, as well as promise to pay.[citation needed]


On Monday to Saturday, trains operate hourly each way, towards Huddersfield and Barnsley/Sheffield; a two-hourly frequency operates on Sundays.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Silkstone Common station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Table 34 National Rail timetable, December 2016
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