RAIL passenger numbers from Elsecar have gone up by almost 19 per cent - and will continue to rise as new homes are built, experts say.

Figures released by the Office of Rail Regulation said that ticket sales rose to over 150,000 in 2014.

Most commuters travel to Barnsley or Sheffield with a smaller number to and Leeds and Huddersfield.

A SYPTE spokeswoman said: "Before development of Elsecar park and ride there weren't any formal parking facilities at the station so people parked on local streets which caused congestion and road safety concerns.

"Pedestrian access to the platforms were steep and not compliant with current standards.

She added: "Elsecar park and ride aims to encourage rail travel and reduce car use to help reduce emissions by making it easier to access rail services."