Pier plans progress

Plans to open to the public a tunnel that runs beneath the historic Roker Pier in Sunderland have taken a major step forward. The city council has announced that it has secured inital support for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Hopes to re-open tunnel under historic pier

It is 110 years since Roker Pier opened Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Plans to open the tunnel running beneath Roker Pier to the public have taken a major step forward.

Sunderland City Council has secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund paving the way for a more detailed funding bid in the next two years.

Work is already being carried out on the lantern house, resurfacing of the deck of the pier will begin next year. A successful bid would allow the tunnel under the pier to open to the public.

The tunnel allowed the lighthouse keeper to reach the lighthouse in bad weather Credit: ITV Tyne Tees