The lastest update I have received :
Engineers and have confirmed that the problem is not caused by structural loads but by freeze thaw action of water in the hollow column centres.
We have instructed contractors to commence work as soon as is possible to start to repair columns. When some are repaired in the cluster, we will be able to open the Pier to pedestrians. It will be a little longer, before all columns are repaired, before the tram can run again but we are going to ensure that we expedite works and get the Pier fully operational as soon as possible.
As soon as we get timescales from the contractor, i will update you.