Getting Here

Geographically, THE BEAM is very well located, situated within the VAUX site, its position in the heart of the city centre, just off St Mary’s Boulevard, offers a varying number of easily accessible travel options.

Just 35 minutes by car from Newcastle International Airport or less than 60 minutes via the Tyne and Wear Metro, a direct rail line to London and Edinburgh with both Grand Central and LNER. With work underway to enhance these connections, Sunderland’s ease of access is only set to improve. A series of major infrastructure projects are now underway as part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC), the road infrastructure project which includes the recently-opened £117m Northern Spire bridge, and will unlock new areas of the city for development and growth.

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By Road

Within the city, east-west road links are provided by the A690 and A1231 dual carriageways which connect to the A1M and A19, providing road access to the rest of the UK. Typical drive times are Leeds 1? hours, Edinburgh 2? hours and London 5 hours.

THE BEAM is located within the VAUX site off the A183 St Mary’s Boulevard – Keel Square.

Car Parking

St Marys Car Park is a four floor, 480 space car park and is adjacent to THE VAUX site. The approximate height restriction which applies in this car park is 1.85m (6 ft).

St Mary’s Boulevard, SR1 3AH – A183 (entrance via Cumberland Street/Matlock Street).

Tyne & Wear Metro

The Tyne and Wear Metro operated by Nexus is the backbone of an integrated public transport network across the city and throughout the region. The nearest station is Sunderland Station, exit via Union Street.

The closest Metro station to VAUX is Sunderland (Sunderland Train Station). Sunderland station is shared with Northern mainline services. There is an island platform with two faces; Metro trains use the southern end of the platforms (called Platform 2- southbound – and Platform 3 – northbound) and mainline services use the northern end of the platforms (called Plaform 1- southbound – and Platform 4 – northbound). The station has four accesses with the main entrance being on Athaneam Street. The nearest access points for the VAUX site are via Union Street or Fawcett Street.

The station is approximately a six minute walk from THE BEAM (0.3 miles) and is mostly flat.

By Bus

Park Lane Interchange is just 650m from THE BEAM providing bus links to Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Teesside and throughout Tyne and Wear. Stagecoach and Go North East also run regular services to Sunderland’s residential neighbourhoods that stop at the VAUX site on St Mary’s Boulevard.

For up to date travel information see https://www.traveline.info/

By Air

Newcastle International Airport is approximately 35 minutes by car in off peak traffic with journey time added during peak times. It is also accessed directly via the Tyne and Wear Metro from Sunderland Station and takes approximately 50 minutes. Address: Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8BZ.

Durham Tees Valley Airport with regular flights to Scotland, Humberside, Jersey and Amsterdam. Address: Darlington DL2 1LU

By Train (Local)

Trains operated by Northern Rail between Nunthorpe and Middlesborough and Newcastle and the Metro Centre also run from Sunderland Train Station. As well as between Sunderland and Newcastle, to Hexham and Carlisle.

By Train (national)

The East Coast Main Line offers direct train services via Grand Central to London. And via London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to London Kings Cross. Typical journey times to London are three and a half hours.

By Bicycle & Foot

THE BEAM is easily accessible by both bike and on foot, with plenty of changing facilities including showers and internal and external bicycle storage, you could use this mode of transport as part of your regular commute.

And due to its riverscape location why not enjoy a leisurely pursuit during your lunch break.