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Getting to City Hall

Getting to Sunderland

City Hall

Is well placed for walking, cycling and public transport and visitors who can use sustainable transport are encouraged to do so.

Walking

City Hall is accessible by excellent quality pedestrian links. Useful links to city centre, close walking distance to Railway Station, St Peters Metro Station, bus stops and Park Lane bus interchange.  Plan your journey by foot: www.googlemaps.co.uk 

Map My Walk is a GPS walking and step tracking application that can help identify a suitable route, including tracking duration, distance, pace, and calories burned. For more info visit: www.mapmywalk.com/app/ 

The map below shows the approx. distance and walking times from City Centre locations to City Hall in addition to the number of steps that could be added to daily targets each time walking from/to each location

walking map City Hall

Cycling 

Accessible by external cycle routes/lanes.  National Route 7 - The C2C Cycle Route, runs West from Roker along the North Bank of the River Wear.  National Route 1 and 70 - Runs the length of the East Coast of the country, with the section through Sunderland running along the popular Seaburn and Roker coastline.

There is a vast network of local on and off-road cycle routes across the city which are shown on maps that you can download from the Go Smarter, Go Active Website: www.gosmartergoactive.co.uk

City hall cycling

Public Transport

Plan your bus or metro journey using www.traveline.info

Find out which bus or metro is arriving next by using the Nexus Live Travel Map www.livemap.nexus.org

Bus Services

City Hall is located within a 10-minute walk of the Park Lane Bus Interchange and Fawcett Street where most of the buses stop in the city centre.

The closest bus stops to City Hall are located on St Mary's Boulevard

  • Adjacent City Hall Eastbound, A183 St. Marys Boulevard 
  • Adjacent Keel Square Westbound, A183 St. Marys Boulevard 

Buses that currently serve these bus stops are:

  • Stagecoach 20 Eastbound to City Centre will pass City Hall to Fawcett Street
  • 700 / 701 Connect Bus Eastbound to St. Peters Metro, Stadium of Light & Westbound to Park Lane Interchange
  • Go NE 9 Westbound to City Centre to Park Lane interchange 
  • Go NE 56 Westbound to City Centre to Park Lane interchange  

Metro Services

City Hall Metro map

The following metro stations are located within 800m of City Hall:

  • St Peters Metro Station - is the nearest station to City Hall with lifts for access. 5-minute walk from City Hall with cycle storage facilities and an e-scooter pick up / drop off area. 
  • Sunderland Metro Station - within the City Centre, 5-minute walk to City Hall, Cycle hoops and an e-scooter pick up / drop off area. 
  • Park Lane Metro Station - within the City Centre, 10 mins walk to City Hall, Cycle hoops and an e-scooter pick up / drop off area. 
  • Millfield Metro Station - outside of City Centre 15/20-minute walk to City Hall, cycle hoops and an e-scooter pick up / drop off area.

metro 2

Railway Station 

Sunderland Railway Station, within the City Centre a 5-minute walk. Train operating companies serving this station: 

  • GNER
  • Metro 
  • Grand Central

Bus Tickets

Mobile bus tickets can be purchased on the following apps: 

For more information on how to purchase a ticket visit www.networkonetickets.co.uk  

Metro Tickets 

Metro tickets are valid on the Metro, Shields Ferry and Sunderland to Newcastle rail line, if they fall into your chosen zone. 

All Metro Saver tickets are loaded onto a POP Card. For more information,www.popcard.org.uk.

 

Car Parking 

The table below shows the approx. distance and walking times from City Centre car parks to City Hall  in addition to the number of steps that could be added to our daily targets each time we walk to and from each car park location 

Car Park  

Distance (miles)

Time

Steps that could be achieved

St Marys 

0.01

1 minute

40

Livingstone Road  

0.15

4 minutes

330

West Wear Street 

0.2

5 minutes

422

Sunniside  

0.3

6 minutes

633

High Street West 

0.3

7 minutes

633

Nile Street 

0.4

9 minutes

845

Charles Street 

0.4

7 minutes

845

Tatham Street 

0.6

12 minutes

1267

Boughton Street 

0.6

12 minutes

1267

Stadium of Light car parks 

0.73

14 minutes

1542

Gorse Road 

0.9

17 minutes

1900


There are various public car parks located across the city that could be used by visitors . The hourly rates in each location vary.

Payment of the daily or hourly rate can be made with cash at the machines or in most locations by using the RingGo cashless parking facility.

Details of the RingGo system is available on posters at each location.

For more info visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/RingGo

 

Public Car Park Costs 

Name of car park 

No. of spaces  

Day(s)

Time

Tariffs

St Marys 

480 

Mon - Fri



Saturday


Bank Holiday

Permit

0800 - 1500
1500 - 0000
0000 - 0800

0800 - 1800
1800 - 0800

All day

28 days

£1.50/hour
Free
90p/hour

£1.50/hour  
90p/hour

£2 flat rate

£112.50 

West Wear Street 

27 

Mon - Fri


Saturday


Daily Rate

Permit

0800 - 1500
1500 - 0800

0800 - 1800
1800 - 0800

1 day

28 days

£1.00/hour
Free

£1.00/hour  
90p/hour

£5.00

£75.00 

Charles Street 

27 

Mon - Fri


Saturday


Daily Rate

Permit

0800 - 1500
1500 - 0800

0800 - 1800
1800 - 0800

1 day

28 days

£1.00/hour
Free

£1.00/hour  
90p/hour

£5.00

£75.00 

High Street West 

42 

Mon - Fri


Saturday


Permit

0800 - 1500
1500 - 0800

0800 - 1800
1800 - 0800

28 days

90p/hour
Free

90p/hour  
90p/hour

£112.50

Sunniside 

649 

Mon - Fri



Saturday


Bank Holiday

Daily Rate

Permit

0800 - 1500
1500 - 0800
0800 - 0800

0800 - 1800
1800 - 0800

All Day

1 day

28 days

£1.30/hour
Free
90p/hour

£1.30/hour  
90p/hour

£2.00

£5.00

£75.00 

 

Motorcycle Parking  

Motorcycles can be parked in St Mary's Car Park. Chargeable at the hourly tariff. There are no designated bays, but motorbikes and mopeds can park in a safe area - near to the main office - which will be designated to you by the security staff on duty. 

 

Disabled Parking / Blue Badge Holders

There are five public disabled parking bays on the access road of City Hall which will be available free of charge on a time-limited basis.

A further nine on the second floor of St Marys Car Park available for visitors to use (normal St Mary's car park charges apply)

Eight disabled parking bays available at Livingstone Road Car Park (free of charge to blue badge holders)

A further ten disabled bays are proposed for the ground floor of St Marys car park.

There are other designated disabled bays in or around the Riverside Sunderland site and local area which are free of charge to all blue badge holders are as follows:

  • Union Street - 5 bays (become taxi bays after 6pm)
  • Fawcett Street - 4 bays (these are limited to a 3 hour maximum stay)
  • Athenaeum Street - 1 long bay (room for 3 cars) (become taxi bays after 6pm)
  • Bridge Street - 1 bay (room for 2 cars - not time limited)
  • Pann Lane - 2 bays - not time limited
  • Prince Street/Middle Street - 7 bays total - not time limited
  • South Street - 1 bay (room for 3 cars) - not time limited
  • High Street West  - 2 long bays - room for 14 cars - not time limited
  • John Street - 6 bays - not time limited

There are also pay and display bays (blue badge holders can use for unlimited time free of charge if they display a valid blue badge) on Bridge Street, High Street West and St Thomas Street. A little further away is West Wear Street, Charles Street and High Street West car parks which are available for blue badge holders free of charge for unlimited time.

In addition, badge holders can park on single or double yellow lines, as long as there is no loading restriction in place (indicated by kerb blips/markings and signs), for up to 3 hours as long as they display a valid badge and parking disc set at the time of arrival.

 

Electric Car Charging

West Wear Street car park has the Fastned Charging station that is close to the Riverside Sunderland site. The UK's first 24/7 drive though electric filling station has a bespoke canopy and provides:

  • 2 x 175kw ultra rapid charging units
  • 4 x 50kw rapid charging units.

It is ideally located for drive in, short stay to recharge batteries for EV vehicles at a rate of 39p/kwh. For more information visit www.fastnedcharging.com/en/  

A list of all charging points in the city centre are shown below:

Car Park 

EV Points in Operation 

Boughton Street Car Park

2

Charles Street Car Park

2

Civic Centre Level 4 and 5

3

Harbour View Car Park

2

Livingstone Road Car Park

2

Nile Street Car Park

1

St Marys Level 1 and 2

4

Sunniside Level 2 and 4

3

Tatham Street Car Park

1

West Wear Street Car Park

6 (Fastned)

 

 

 

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