Park Lane Interchange

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Park Lane Interchange
Park Lane
Tyne & Wear Metro
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Park Lane Metro station
Park Lane Metro station was purpose-built for the Sunderland extension in 2002.
PlaceSunderland City Centre
Local authoritySunderland
WGS8454°54′09″N 1°23′04″W / 54.9024°N 1.3845°W / 54.9024; -1.3845Coordinates: 54°54′09″N 1°23′04″W / 54.9024°N 1.3845°W / 54.9024; -1.3845
Fare zone information
Network One zone4
Metro zoneC
Original (1979) zone57
Station codePLI
Metro Usage0.48[1] million
Opened2 May 1999
List of stations

Park Lane Interchange is a busy transport interchange on the south-western fringe of the city centre of Sunderland, North East England. It offers Tyne and Wear Metro services, long distance coach services and also local bus services. It is on the site of the Park Lane Bus Station that was built in the 1930s, and a Go North East bus depot. The Metro station opened in 2002.


Park Lane is the busiest bus station in the United Kingdom outside of the capital.[citation needed] It replaced Sunderland's Central Bus Station (operated initially by Sunderland Corporation Transport and then Tyne and Wear PTE) and the original Park Lane Bus Station, operated by Go-Ahead Northern / Go North East.

An underground Tyne and Wear Metro station opened at the site on 28 April 2002 enabling metro travel within Sunderland and much of Tyne & Wear. The opening was a few weeks after the rest of the Sunderland extension, due to the late delivery of wall panels.

Congestion issues within the bus station led to Stagecoach in Sunderland withdrawing all of its services (apart from the early morning express service X1 to Doxford Park and the acquired contract service 39 when heading to Pennywell) from calling within the Interchange, switching to street concourses on nearby Green Terrace (now used at all times since implementation of a one way system, previously only used before 19:00), Vine Place and Holmeside.

Stagecoach in South Shields did run services E1,E2,E6 into Park Lane. However these were terminated on the 4th June 2017, to make way for more Go North East and Arriva services and to improve the reliability of these services by cutting them back to Fawcett Street.[2]


Park Lane's Metro station is one of three serving the City Centre, the others being University and Sunderland Central. All metro services that serve Park Lane are on the Green Line. The westbound platform is used for trains to South Hylton, while passengers for north Sunderland and Tyneside use the eastbound platform. Train services run between 05:45 and 00:00 on Monday to Saturdays and between 07:00 and 00:00 on Sundays on the Green Line between South Hylton and Newcastle Airport Metro station via Newcastle City Centre. Trains run every 12 minutes in both directions on Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sunday. [3]


There are a number of amenities at Park Lane, including two newsagents, a Nexus Travelcentre, a Greggs Bakery, and public toilets. The Interchange also hosts a busy taxi rank, as well as National Express and Megabus coach services to London, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham and other destinations across the country. Along with others on the Sunderland extension, the Metro station has vitreous enamelled panels in a colour scheme [4] created by Morag Morrison. Each station uses a different arrangement of colours.

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards Airport
Green line
towards South Hylton


  1. ^ "Automated Announcements / Track Map / Usage Statistics". 2015–2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
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  4. ^ "Station Colours, Park Lane". Art on Transport. Nexus. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.

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