Tyne & Wear

Sunderland's Roker Pier to close for resurfacing

Sunderland's Roker Pier Image copyright Sunderland City Council
Image caption The Victorian-era pier was hailed as a triumph of engineering when it opened in 1903

A Grade II-listed pier will close to allow it to be fully resurfaced for the first time in its 111-year history.

Below-water repairs will also be carried out on the foundations of Sunderland's Roker Pier.

The city council, the pier's owners, said hundreds of metres of railings had been lost to the sea over the years and last autumn a chunk of concrete was torn up by waves.

Work is set to be completed and the pier reopened by the end of the year.

The work is part of a £1.35m restoration programme announced by the local authority last year.

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