'As long as it has loos' - Echo readers' verdict on plans to transform Sunderland's railway station

As a multi-million pound investment is agreed to transform Sunderland’s railway station, those living across the city have had their say on the proposals.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 2:45 pm

The city’s arrival point will be overhauled thanks to a six-year regeneration pro ject, the intial funding for which was agreed by the North East Joint Transport Committee this week.

Artist impressions have revealed the design Sunderland’s new station, which feature afaçade overlooking Market Square with a large glass wrap-around design.

It will have separate lines for trains and the Tyne and Wear Metro network, four platforms, a new ticket office, public toilets, waiting areas, shops and cafes.

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The new station will include new ticket booths, waiting rooms, shops and cafes.
The new station will include new ticket booths, waiting rooms, shops and cafes.

A new multi-storey car park on Holmeside will also form part of the regeneration plans.

An initial £16.3million of funding for the project comes from the region’s £198million share of the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

While Echo readers have largely welcomed the rejuvenation – saying it’s a step in the right direction – others have called for a different design to “stand the test of time”.

This is what you said on the Echo’s Facebook page:

There will be separate lines for the Metro and for trains in the new station.

Dorothy Berry: “More improvements to the town centre! Looks amazing, bring them on.”

Chris Barron: “Great news but I would prefer the facade to look old fashioned like Newcastle or York - designs that stand the test of time.”

Ian Middlemist: “It’s a modern, spacious, open, bright building. If we still lived in the Victorian age, then a new Victorian Station would be just the ticket. But we don’t.”

Steve Watts: “Can only improve the city centre, let’s hope new businesses are attracted on the back of this.”

Sunderland station's entrance.

Jackie Gordine: “A step in the right direction.”

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Kevin Ruxton: “Let's face it, anything is better than it is now.”

Margaret Crosbie: “Just as long as it has loos.”

Robert Hudson: “Great, but you need something to attract people.”

Mark Wilson: “It’s about time, but glad it’s finally starting. They now need to focus on rejuvenating the city centre.”

Maxine Greenhalgh: “About time, so glad it's happening for Sunderland. You visit other places such as Newcastle Station and it’s first impressions that make the city.”

Elaine Dickinson: “Invest in new shops and restaurants and give it a good clean up first.”

Jim Scott: “Looks like a rather large greenhouse.”

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