Getting Here

Geographically, The Beam is very well located, situated within Riverside Sunderland, 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 £117m Northern Spire bridge, and will unlock new areas of the city for development and growth.

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The Beam location map
The Site Map

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. See local cycle and walking maps here

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

By Bus

Park Lane Interchange is approximately 12 minutes walk 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 Riverside Sunderland site on St Mary’s Boulevard.

For up to date travel information see Traveline

To download local timetables and access ticket information see Nexus

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 Riverside Sunderland 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 Riverside Sunderland 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.

To download local timetables and access ticket information see Nexus

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 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 1.5 hours, Edinburgh 2 hours and London 5 hours.

The Beam is located within the Riverside Sunderland site off the A183 St Mary’s Boulevard – Keel Square.

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.

Teeside International Airport with regular flights to Scotland, Humberside, Jersey and Amsterdam. Address: Darlington DL2 1LU

Car Parking

St Mary’s Car Park is a four floor, 480 space car park and is adjacent to the Riverside Sunderland 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).

Livingston Road Car Park, SR1 3Aw 157 spaces, six coach bays, eight disabled bays, two electric charging points and three motorcycle bays.

For further information on City Centre car parks and tariffs see here

Electric Vehicle Charging

The nearest slow (7kw) chargers are located in the St Mary’s and Livingstone Road Car Parks. They are operated by Charge your Car and have a connection charge of £1.

The closest Rapid Charger (42kw) is located in the Charles Street Car Park less than 1 mile from The Beam. These are operated by Electric Blue with a rate of 17p/kw hour.

To view information on public charging stations located close to The Beam visit Zap Map