|Project theme||Public transport, Rail and Metro travel|
|Start date||July/ August 2021|
|Expected completion date||South Entrance complete by March 2023, wider development work due to be complete by 2027|
|Location||City of Sunderland|
|Funding||Transforming Cities Fund, 16m for south entrance, further funding to build a ’26 million pot’ to be secured|
Transformational plans to revamp Sunderland’s central train station are underway, with a £26m boost that will ‘give Sunderland the rail station it deserves’. The six-year programme will fully transform people’s arrival to the thriving City of Sunderland, enabling easy, sustainable travel into and out of the City, connecting people to jobs and opportunities in a cleaner, greener way to level up the economy in the North East.
Transforming Cities funding has been secured to help develop the south entrance of Sunderland Train Station.
Beyond the funding for the southern concourse, council leaders are looking to secure further funding to plans to revamp the wider station part of a ‘one station vision’. This includes transforming the northern entrance, the platform-level of the station, the introduction of a new escalator to improve passenger access, extension of tracks and platforms to accommodate Nexus Metro on one platform and mainline rail services on others. Part of the 26m pot for the scheme will enable to development of a 400- space four-story multi-storey carpark at Holmeside to support access to the station.
The project has been well-supported by transport provider Nexus, which has part-funded the programme.