For information on train and bus services outside the local area see 'Obtaining Further Information' below or 'Useful Links' in the left hand column.
As from Monday 13th December 2021, the class 153 trains which operate on the Barton line have been replaced by class 156 units. These are more reliable and comfortable and are more disabled friendly. The train crews have also changed. We bid farewell to the TPE crews who have served us for many years and we welcome our new drivers from Freightliner and conductors from East Midlands Railway. The train times remain the same with just a few minor changes. There are nine return journeys each weekday and four on summer Sundays between Cleethorpes and Barton. All trains call at all stations. The complete single journey takes approximately 50 minutes with Habrough (for connections westward) being exactly half way. As from the timetable of 9th December 2012 the service has been branded 'The Humber Linc'. EMR have intimated that the Sunday service will return from Summer Only to All Year from December 2022.
The following is a summary of the times. EMR's complete timetable 8 can be viewed here, an extract for local services here, or for complete services on the Barton line only here, but see this site's home page for any alterations.
Mondays to Fridays (from Monday 12th December 2021 to Friday 13th May 2022 inclusive)
Cleethorpes depart: 06:10 08:56 10:59 12:56 14:56 16:56 18:57 21:07.
Barton depart: 07:08 09:54 11:54 13:54 15:54 17:54 20:08 22:04.
Saturdays (from 18th December 2021 to 14th May 2022 inclusive)
Cleethorpes depart: 06:40 08:54 10:54 12:54 14:54 16:58 18:56 21:04.
Barton depart: 07:54 09:50 11:50 13:50 15:50 17:55 20:01 22:02.
Sundays There is no service during this period.
N.B. On Bank Holidays the Barton line trains run to a full weekday timetable whereas the bus services run to a Sunday timetable.
N.B. On Christmas eve and New Year's eve trains stop running around 20:00 and start later than normal on 27th December. No local trains run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
If the train doesn't turn up
At Grimsby Town and Cleethorpes stations the booking office, an electronic indicator board or announcements should explain what is happenning. Electronic indicator boards are also installed at Healing, Stallingborough and Habrough stations. Elsewhere contact EMR Customer Services to find out if the train is delayed or cancelled. To do this follow one of the options on the 'help' poster on the platform or see 'Obtaining Further Information' below. On some station public telephones the **2 option will, in due course, give you a free call to EMR Customer Services and on others there is a push-button help point. Signalnallers (signalmen) must not leave their boxes but if there is one nearby then you could attract attention and he or she might (but is not obliged to) offer advice.
If a train is cancelled on the Barton line then a replacement coach should be provided. You will need to make yourself visible either at the station entrance or at the nearest road junction if it is not easy for the coach to reach the station (the printed timetable lists the pick-up points). Do not wait in the shelter as the coach driver should not leave his vehicle to come and look for you. Do bear in mind that the coach could arrive much later than the scheduled time of the train.
If personal property is lost on a Barton train then it is handed in at Cleethorpes station where an approach should be made to the TPE staff there for its retrieval. A loss should also be logged on https://missingx.com/.
Rail Fares and Facilities
As from March 2022 the adult fare for the whole line is £8.00 Single, £8.90 Off-Peak Day Return and £10.70 Anytime Day Return (which has no time restrictions). Railcard holders enjoy 1/3 off and NLC and NELC Travel Pass holders enjoy 1/3 off a single fare and 50% off a return fare when bought on the line (NELC passes are not valid before 09:30). Those aged under 16 also travel at half fare whereas bicycles, dogs and children under five (maximum two per adult) are carried free (provided that space is available).
Single and Standard Return tickets allow you to break your journey as often as you like provided that you continue in the same direction of travel. Off-Peak Day Return tickets only permit break of journey on the return portion. The return portion of a Standard Return ticket is valid for up to a month from the date of outward travel. A Rover ticket (giving total flexibility) is not currently available for the Barton line.
When boarding at an unmanned station (all except for Grimsby Town and Cleethorpes) payment is made to the guard on the train (who can sell tickets to almost any destination in the country) using cash, Debit card, Mastercard or Visa.
The local trains have toilet facilities, and there is space for bicycles, push chairs and folding wheel chairs on all except the first train of each day. It is advisable to contact Northern Rail in advance (see below) if you intend travelling with any of the above items during busy times, and do remember that there are restrictions on certain types of wheel chair.
The nearest rail travel agent is at Hull Paragon station where most advance bookings and reservations (but not Eurostar - tel: 0990 186 186) can be made.
Visitors from further afield can easily access the Barton Line and its many attractions by rail to either Hull (with its bus connections to Barton) or Habrough, or by bus to Grimsby. Hull is served by direct trains from London, Manchester, York and Scarborough; Habrough and Grimsby Town are served by direct trains from Manchester and Leicester; Grimsby is served by direct buses from Louth. For visitors coming from the continent, the overnight P&O ferries from Rotterdam are met at the dock by buses to Hull transport interchange, and there are convenient KLM air services from Amsterdam Schipol to Humberside airport where taxis can be obtained.
Since the withdrawal of the ferries from New Holland and the opening of the Humber bridge in 1981 the link with Hull has been maintained through an hourly No.350 connecting bus service at Barton known as Humberlink. On 23rd March 2009 the service was rebranded as Humber FastCat and the timetable was totally revamped to run half-hourly throughout most of the day (Mon-Sat). Then, on 29th April 2019, the Humber Flier timetable was recast and doubled during the day to run half-hourly and was rebranded as the 250 service. Between them these two services now provide a link between Barton and Hull every fifteen minutes during much of the day. Thus there are many more connections with Hull than those shown in the train timetable. On Sundays and Bank Holidays there are six runs of the 350 route each way. Passengers should note that the connections between the trains and buses at Barton interchange are no longer guaranteed and that an adequate margin should be allowed for transferring between the two.
The service departs from stand 10 at the bus interchange at Hull Paragon station. After Barton the 350 route continues to Scunthorpe via South Ferriby, Winteringham and Winterton. The 250 route no longer goes via Humberside Airport but via Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Wooton (Nag's Head), Ulceby (War Memorial), and Brocklesby then via Keelby to Grimsby and Cleethorpes as before. There is also an occasional 255 and 355 service which runs between Hull and Wren Kitchens in Barton. Approximate journey times are Barton-Hull 32 minutes and Barton-Scunthorpe 48 minutes. The Barton-Hull day return fare is of the order of £9.00. The service is run jointly by Stagecoach and East Yorkshire Motor Services. The complete 255/350/355 timetable and the Hull-Barton section of the 250 timetable can be viewed here. 'Plus bus' add-on fares are available on the rail fare for unlimited travel within Hull and Grimsby.
Another nine bus routes also serve Barton interchange. For the full list, including those which serve other stops in Barton, click here.
Connections with P & O Ferries
Barton line passengers wishing to sail on the overnight P & O ferries from Hull should take the 250 or 350 bus service to Hull interchange and change to the 70 bus at stand 38 to the ferry port. The service departs Hull interchange daily at 17:00 to arrive at the ferry terminal at 17:15. The return service departs from the ferry terminal at 08:15 & 09:00 (weekdays) and at 08:00, 09:00 & 09:45 (weekends and bank holidays), again taking fifteen minutes.
Obtaining Further Information
Free pocket train (and some bus) timetables are generally available in Barton from the public library, the NLC Local Link office, the Town Council office, Baysgarth museum, and the convenience shop opposite the interchange. They are also available from all local staffed stations (Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe and Hull), from Barrow Haven inn and from the Post Offices at New Holland, Goxhill, Ulceby, Stallingborough and Healing. Public transport information, including maps, can also be obtained from the NELC and NLC web sites, the Local Link offices, the Tourist Information Centres or by telephoning Traveline (see below). Many local timetables, maps, leaflets and a guide to the line can also be obtained by post from us in return for two 2nd class stamps.
Train telephone enquiries and sales can be made at any time through National Rail on 03457 48 49 50.
Train Tracker supplies up-to-the-minute train times (e.g. when enquiring about possible delays) using voice recognition prompts on 0871 200 49 50. You can also text your station name to 84950 (but you will be charged for the return message as well as your own).
The East Midlands Railway Helpline number (not for timetable information) during extended office hours is 03457 125 678 (local rate).
If you wish to contact British Transport Police or Northern Rail Customer Services you can press **1 or **2 respectively at certain station shelter telephones (free of charge). The British Transport Police control centre at Leeds can also be contacted on any telephone by dialling 0800 40 50 40.
In the event of complaints unresolved with the train operating company concerned you can take the matter further by writing to Passenger Focus at PO Box 4257, Manchester, M60 3AR (tel: 08453 022 022; fax: 0845 850 1392; textphone: 0845 850 1354).
For taxi information visit Traintaxi.
Other useful telephone contacts:
Barton Tourist Information Centre
Brigg Tourist Information Centre
Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre
Hull Tourist Information Centre
Traveline (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)
0871 200 22 33
0845 600 1671
First Hull Trains
08450 710 222
East Coast trains
08457 225 225
Network Rail Helpline
08457 11 41 41
0800 555 111
East Yorkshire Motor Services
01482 592929 / 01482 327142
0845 605 0 605
Just Go (NLC demand-responsive service run by EYMS)
Finally a wealth of further information can be found on our Useful Links page.