Last year, gale force winds and huge waves washed more than 100 metres of railings into the sea together with the coping stones they were fixed into. The pier has now reopend to the public following significant repairs.
Following the damage, repairs got underway in the summer. A number of the original granite coping stones were recovered from the sea by divers using heavy lifting gear and have been reused.
The work to the pier also included replacing:
- More than 800 metres of modern railings with historic replicas in keeping with the structure's age and appearance
- 1600 metres of bottom mesh panels with a low level rail
- and repairing and repainting 800 metres of historic railings.
Roker Pier is now open to the public once again and access remains the same as before, for the enjoyment of everyone whether you're out for a stroll, running, cycling or fishing. Public access to the pier will continue to be restricted in adverse weather conditions in the interest of public safety.
Alongside the repairs to the pier, work has been ongoing on the construction of a new entrance structure to the tunnel. This work is very nearly complete which will allow us to begin preparing ourselves for tunnel tours, which we aim to launch in the Spring. Between now and then the volunteers will be training hard to ensure that our guided tours provide a fantastic experience to each and every visitor.
We are looking forward to an exciting year in 2018 and welcoming visitors to the pier, tunnel and lighthouse.