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 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.
|Weekdays||06:55 - 18:00|
|Saturday||06:55 - 18:00|
|Sunday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Lifts to all platforms for disabled passengers from the North end of the station. Open for all services.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
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.