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Striking proposals for the southern entrance to the station were unveiled last week, part of a six-year programme to fully transform the city’s arrival point.
More than £16M has been secured from the Transforming Cities Fund to progress southern entrance works, with the remaining balance coming from the council and partners including Nexus and Network Rail.
Working in partnership with Network Rail, Nexus, Grand Central and Northern Rail, Sunderland City Council is driving the project.
Preparatory work on the first part of the scheme is expected to begin within days. It will start with the demolition of the current south entrance, clearing the way for the construction of a statement building.
The new entrance will create a prominent visible landmark, with a stunning façade overlooking Market Square. The large glass wrap-around design, creating a light, bright and welcoming concourse, will be set among upgraded public realm.
A new ticket office and reception, public toilets, comfortable waiting areas and retail space and cafes will all be created, as well as improvements to accessibility. Office space on the new mezzanine level will be reserved for railway industry staff.
The council wants the completion of the southern entrance to act as a catalyst for further investment, with plans to revamp the wider station part of a ‘one station vision’.
This fits with the wider regional aspiration to reconnect former rail lines to Sunderland’s central station, including the Leamside Line. It is also tied into the government’s levelling up agenda as well as ambitions to deliver more sustainable transport solutions as part of a bid towards carbon neutrality.
Having unlocked the funding needed to push ahead with the southern concourse, council leaders hope to deliver the rest of the programme over the next six years.
The northern entrance will be reimagined and major works to the platform-level of the station are also included in the plans. This will increase capacity by creating a four track, four platform station that separates Nexus and Metro on one platform from mainline services. This will allow both to expand as public transport connections regionally and nationally, and enable them to provide access to jobs, to secure investment and to grow the economy.
Sunderland City Council leader councillor Graeme Miller said: “The stunning CGIs and animations that we’re unveiling today are not just a vision. They’re a delivery plan, and the product of many months of work to secure a transformational programme of investment in the station that is both ambitious and deliverable.
“We are absolutely focused on making this happen quickly, because we know it’s something residents want and something Sunderland deserves - a station to be proud of, reflecting the size, scale and significance of an ambitious Northern powerhouse."
Network Rail route programme director Jason Hamilton said Network Rail is "really pleased" to be working on the project.
“The work we’ll begin over this summer will make this a better station for passengers, with the introduction of a new escalator and easier access across the station. It will also improve passengers’ connections to other forms of transport from the station," he said.
“We’ll work overnight where needed on many parts of this project, so that there’ll be no disruption to the train services people rely on now.”
Work on the southern entrance of the station is expected to get started in August. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2022, with the new southern entrance set to open at the beginning of 2023.
This article first appeared on www.newcivilengineer.com
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