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Written by Robert Clarke - 20 Feb 2006
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Location notes
Located on both the Tyne and Wear Metro, and the National rail Newcastle - Sunderland - Middlesbrough rail line. NR and Tyne and Wear trains share the same tracks. The station is right in Sunderland city centre.
Railway type and traffic
Tyne and Wear metro trains, which use the southern end of the platforms, and Northern rail 142 and 156 DMUs, which use the northern end of the platforms. Freight is very rare.
Environment
Sunderland Station is an underground station, with two entrances. The main entrance is at the southern end, with a second entrance at the northern end. The station has 24 hour CCTV coverage, and a British Transport Police office is located on the platform.

Best to avoid a Newcastle United jersey, or anything with Michael Owen on it!
Road directions
Sunderland station is located on a pedestrianised street, with limited road access at the south end. If you choose to drive hear, follow signs for the bridges shopping centre, and park your car there.
As with all large cities it is best to park out of town, and get the metro or rail into here.

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Sunderland Station map co-ordinates
Parking
Best to park your car outside the city, and use bus, metro, or rail to reach this location. Parking is available in the bridges shopping centre car park, but it is not free. Signs will guide you to this location. From the car parks, follow the bridges centre through, looking for signs to Sunderland station. The entrances are across the road.

Stadium of light metro station has a car park, but try and avoid it on Stadium of light match days!
Public transport
Sunderland is well served by Metro and Northern Rail trains.

Bus services are provided by Stagecoach Stagecoach and Go North East

IMPORTANT: Some bus services will call in at Park Lane bus station. If they do, ask for a metro transfare to Sunderland. Take the metro from Park Lane to Sunderland.

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Amenities
The station is located in Sunderland city centre, so all amenities are close at hand. However, there is a Burger King next to the station, which is open late.
Accommodation
Plenty of accommodation throughout Tyne and wear. Try Travel lodge for cheap accommodation.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Sunderland Station

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Sunderland Station general view map
Sunderland Station close up map

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Photographic notes
Sunderland station is an underground station, with stairs and lifts connecting the platforms below with the concourses above. Do not use flash photography. In addition, bear in mid that trains come through the station slowly, so, barring crowds, you can have plenty of time to get a good shot.

There is some daylight visible at the southern end of the station, but this is away from the platforms.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


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