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The Hallam Line is the name given to rail services operated by Northern Rail, in the West Yorkshire Metro/ Travel South Yorkshire area of northern Englandmarker which connect Leedsmarker and Sheffieldmarker via Barnsleymarker. It is the slower of the two routes between Leeds and Sheffield, with faster services provided on the Wakefield Line, although it does have a quicker limited-stop service. Services from Leeds to Nottinghammarker also use the line.

West Yorkshire MetroCards are available on trains between Leeds and Dartonmarker, north of Barnsleymarker and South Yorkshire Travelmaster tickets are available in the South Yorkshire area.

Origin of name

The line is named after the manor of Hallam which included Sheffield at the time of the Domesday Book (1086). At this time the local area was known as Hallamshire—the names Hallam and Hallamshire are still used today by many local companies and organisations.


Before the 1923 Grouping the route followed by the line was owned as follows: After 1921 the entire route, except Methley to Normanton via Castleford, and the short stretch from Barnsley (Jumble Lane) to Quarry Junction, became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway until 1948 when the network was nationalised. Midland Railway trains made use of Barnsley Court House station and so avoided any contact with Great Central / L.N.E.R. metals.(Note: The route that exists today was not possible until 1960 when B.R. added a connection at Barnsley (Quarry Junction) to allow trains to use Exchange station and reach the Midland line to Sheffield).

Route details

Railway lines in Leeds in 1913
Railway lines through Methley, Castleford, Normanton, Wakefield in 1912
Railway lines lines through Barnsley in 1912
Railway lines lines in Sheffield in 1912
Trains on the line serve the following places; some stations may no longer be open: Stations from here to Sheffield are also on the Penistone Line:
  • Swaithe Viaduct - carries the line over the Worsborough Branch of the Great Central.
  • Wombwellmarker
  • Elsecarmarker was Elsecar & Hoyland
  • Wentworthmarker - also known as Wentworth & Hoyland Common and Wentworth & Tankersley. (Closed)
  • Chapeltownmarker: formerly Chapeltown South to distinguish from Chapeltown Central on the former South Yorkshire Railway, later G.C.R. line. Chapeltown station was rebuilt nearer to the town centre roundabout in the 1970's as the first railway project of the, then, new South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority. Much of the original remains.
From here the two railways - MidR and GCR had parallel lines to Sheffield. The latter line is closed and lifted.

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