Sunderland station – the face of 2012’s Intel advert – has changed considerably since rail arrived in the town in 1836 to support the then-burgeoning ship-building industry.
With art installations from three local artists gracing the platforms, the station is looking to the future, celebrating Sunderland’s newest industries, car making and electronic engineering, which took over when the shipbuilding and coal industries fell into steep decline in the 1980s.
Uniquely, Sunderland is the only station in the country where Metro lines and trains on the main line to Newcastle, Carlisle and Middlesbrough use the same platforms. Considerable citywide redevelopment since the 1980s has watched the city go from metropolitan borough to full-blown city in 1992 and has seen the additions of the City Library and Arts Centre, the Stadium of Light football ground and the National Glass Centre.
It’s also a great place to mooch around and walk in the footsteps of LS Lowry, Lewis Carroll, and Horrible Histories writer, Terry Deary.
Sunderland train station is mainly served by Northern trains. The most popular routes operated by Northern are from Hexham to Sunderland (1h 8m), from Whitby to Sunderland (2h 35m), and from Nunthorpe to Sunderland (1h 35m).
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Sunderland station has four platforms all below ground level but serviced by stairs and lifts. There are three entrances at ground level, two on Union Street and one at the back of the building. There’s a shopping centre between the station buildings. A Burger King, patisserie, and ticket office can be found inside the righthand side building.
Sunderland train station does not have its own car park. If you need to park your car before taking the train from Sunderland station, you can use St Mary's Car Park and the Bridges Roof Top Car Park, which are nearby.
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Sunderland station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.
Trains arrive in and depart from Sunderland station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Sunderland.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Sunderland station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Sunderland station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.