Elsecar Park and Ride to open


The new Park and Ride next to Elsecar train station is due to open on Thursday 7 November.

The new facility will offer 85 parking spaces, including six accessible bays and four motorcycle spaces, LED lighting and CCTV on the north side of the station behind the Barnsley-bound platform. A new access ramp will also be provided to the Barnsley-bound platform.

Yorkshire-based contractor Hewlett Construction Ltd has carried out the work, which has cost in the region of £500,000 and has been funded from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund and delivered in partnership with Barnsley Council. Disruption to travellers and local residents has been minimal as the works have largely taken place away from the existing public areas.

The new Park and Ride is the latest facility on the Sheffield to Barnsley line following the building of the Wombwell Park and Ride in July 2009.

Elsecar Park and Ride has an hourly train service during the day with more frequent services to Barnsley, Meadowhall and Sheffield during the morning and evening peak.

David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “This facility will widen the travel options for people in the Elsecar and Hoyland area who may not have been able to access the station previously and it will give a well-lit and monitored area where people can leave their cars with confidence. The new ramp will also provide a safer, easier access to the Barnsley-bound platform for those on foot, removing the need to use the current steeply-graded ramp.”