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£26 million Sunderland rail station upgrade hits new landmark

A £26 million rail hub revamp has entered a new chapter.

Contractors are fitting out the new entrance to Sunderland station.

The improvements, which also include what bosses describe as final engineering works, follow the installation of a roof and glass façade.

The entrance will feature a ticket office and reception, public toilets, retail space and cafes, waiting areas and a mezzanine level for rail staff.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Sunderland and the entire North East.

“The station redevelopment is a key part of our plans to regenerate the city and improve transport links for residents and visitors.


  • An artist’s impression of the new Sunderland rail station entrance


“It also sends a clear message that Sunderland is a city open for business.”

Martin Kearney, managing director of Metro operator Nexus, added: “It is great to see this project making such amazing progress.

“We’re excited to see the completed development and our new Metro trains taking customers there.”

The improvements have been part-funded by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

John Williamson, chairman of Vextrix, which provides project and programme management, quantity surveying, contract administration and principal designer services to Northern Trains, said: “The proposed station will pay tribute to Sunderland’s proud industrial heritage.

“It will replace a tired and gloomy station concourse with a bright and welcoming gateway to the city of which Northern Trains and their partners are proud to help deliver.”