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Roker Pier reopens to the public after major repair work

Roker Pier in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Sunderland's Roker Pier has reopened to the public after major repair work.

The pier has been closed since November last year, when gale force winds and huge waves washed more than 100 metres of railings into the sea.

The railings have now been refitted and work to the stone foundations is now complete.

However, work is still taking place on the pier tunnel and lighthouse, which will open for public tours in Spring 2018.

The completed work included:

  • Replacing more than 800 metres of modern railings with historic replicas in keeping with the structure's age and appearance.
  • Replacing 1600 metres of bottom mesh panels with a low level rail.
  • Repairing and repainting 800 metres of historic railings.

It's fantastic to see the pier reopening to the public after being closed for the last year. It's always been one of Sunderland’s best loved landmarks and I know people have been looking forward to its reopening.

The pier was built to defend the harbour and its done that job magnificently for over a hundred years. Although last year's storms were a devastating blow coming as they did the day we were due to begin public tours of the lighthouse, they also proved that the pier continues to serve a very real purpose to this day as well as being a historic attraction.

We're now looking forward to cracking on with the completion of the new entrance to the tunnel so that we can open it and the lighthouse to the public for the first time in their history in the Spring.

There's been an enormous amount of enthusiasm around plans to open the tunnel and lighthouse to public tours and it's really exciting to be getting closer to making that happen.

– Cllr Mel Speding, Cabinet Secretary