A TRAIN operator has re-recorded dozens of station name announcements to better reflect local pronunciation – and five of them are in Barnsley.

Northern Trains received almost 50 formal requests to re-record the announcements – and Barnsley, Wombwell, Elsecar, Thurnscoe and Dodworth will all now be changed,

On completing the re-recordings, the duo behind the new announcements – Northern employees Pete Corley and Laura Palmer – issued a video message to thank customers for their feedback.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “This has been such an interesting process and proof if ever it were needed of the passion our customers have for the north.

“Some of the stations on our network are pronounced very differently to how they appear in writing – it’s important to get these things right.

“I’d like to thank Pete, Laura and all of the on-board systems team for their persistence with this project – and to everyone that took the time to get involved and speak up for their hometown.”