(UPDATED WITH COVID19 INFO 9TH AUGUST 2020 – PLEASE CHECK ALL TIMES )
Sheffield – Pontefract – York info updated 3rd July 2019
Sheffield – Doncaster – Hull updated 17th January 2020)
From Sheffield trains head north through Meadowhall, and then go either north-east to Doncaster for the East Coast Main Line and further East to Hull and Cleethorpes, or North West to Barnsley and hence either Huddersfield or Leeds, or straight up to Leeds with some trains heading to York and further north.
There is also an occasional stopping service to York via Pontefract (SUSPENDED DURING COVID19 CRISIS) which can be useful if you have a bike. Weekday departures as of 19th May 2019 are 08:59, 11:59, 1457 returns 10:15, 13:13, 17:15.
Bike carriage details – based on typical daytime service. Times and platforms may vary, contact National Rail for updates.
Heading Calder Valley Way? Have a look at travelling via Wakefield Kirkgate and Brighouse or Mirfield. You can avoid the hassle of changing at Leeds if you get the right connections and you can switch to the excellent Kirklees Greenway network to complete your journey.
When I tried it both the revenue protection guys and the cafe staff offered to look after my bike at Kirkgate while I had a coffee – top service!
xx:11 Cleethorpes via Doncaster Trans-Pennine Express. Generally very busy 3-Car trains, 2 bikes per train, you must reserve up to 10 minutes in advance. The bike spaces are in the centre of each unit – look for the flexible space next to the disabled toilet, there should be a bike symbol by the door as well.
xx:15 Leeds Via Bolton-on-Dearne, quite slow. 2 Bikes per train but can be flexible at off-peak times. ((DURING COVID19 CRISIS THIS SERVICE FREQUENTLY STARTS AT NOTTINGHAM)
xx:18 Leeds via Barnsley: (SUSPENDED DURING COVID19 CRISIS) Northern “Express” service only calling at Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate. 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.
On Sundays, (SUSPENDED DURING COVID19 CRISIS) the 10:17 is a through service to Carlisle, returning at 15:02 – handy if you want to head up to the Dales and try out some of those Tour De France stages, but it doesn’t stop at all stations on the Settle-Carlisle. On other days you need to change at Leeds for the Settle – Carlisle line. Trains on this line can be overcrowded especially on Summer Saturdays.
xx:21 Cross-Country Train via Leeds, destinations vary but they all serve York & Newcastle. (DURING COVID19 CRISIS THIS IS THE ONLY EXPRESS TRAIN TO LEEDS AND USUALLY CONSISTS OF 2 UNITS = 6 BIKE SPACES)Generally very busy. On Voyager trains 3 Bike spaces, 1 first come first served, 2 reservable, (generally not enforced) in the second coach from the end in the second class section. You need to be able to lift your bike and hang it on a hook. Some services are operated by the older HST’s, these trains have a guard’s compartment in the end of the coach next to the power unit in 2nd class with room for at least 4 bikes (although it is not clear how many you can reserve – could anyone with experience of this please leave a comment?
xx:30 Hull. An all-stops service, very slow, operated by Pacers as of July 2019.
xx:32 Doncaster. Northern stopping train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times
xx:35 Huddersfield via Barnsley. Northern stopping train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times Note that it can be just as quick and more comfortable to take a Northern express to Wakefield Kirkgate and change.
xx:45 Leeds via Barnsley: Northern “Express” service starting at Lincoln and only calling at Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate. 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.
xx:52 Cross-Country via Doncaster. destinations vary but they all serve York & Newcastle. Generally very busy. 3 Bike spaces, 1 first come first served, 2 reservable, (generally not enforced) in the second coach from the end in the second class section. You need to be able to lift your bike and hang it on a hook. Some people put their bikes in the luggage space just behind the bike space.
xx:56 Scarborough via Bridlington & Hull. (TERMINATES AT HULL DURING COVID19 CRISIS) Northern semi-fast train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times. also calls at Beverley and Bempton for the fabulous RSPB reserve on the cliffs – a Puffin nesting place. Note this service can get very full of bikes from Bridlington because of the large number of cyclists completing the Way of the Roses. As of the May 19 timetable changes this is usually operated by 3-car Class 170 units.
Bike space on a Northern Class 170
If you are changing trains at Doncaster you might be getting one of the new LNER Azuma trains. Bike reservations are essential on these trains and there are bike spaces between Standard Class and First Class (there may be others). You have to be able to hang up your bike or ask LNER staff who I have found to be always very helpful if you make yourself known to them.
Grand Central run from Donnie to Kings Cross non-stop a few times a day and carry bikes without reservations – connection times from Sheffield are shown here. (WAS SUSPENDED DURING COVID19 CRISIS BUT IS NOW RESTARTING)
Bike locker on an Azuma