Dedicated volunteers lift us higher

Published Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Cliff Lift sign

Southend’s historic cliff lift is set to open seven days a week, thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who operate the lift.

The cliff lift, which was reopened in August during the weekends of the summer will now be open from 10am – 3pm every day after the volunteers requested to amend their hours to offer the service all year round.

The lift reopened at weekends only in August 2018, and since then over 2,300 visitors have used the lift.

The cliff lift has proven a popular tourist attraction since its grand opening in August 1912 and the new hours will ensure residents and visitors have access to the lift all year round. Trips on the lift cost just 50p per person per journey and any income goes towards lift maintenance

There must be two volunteers available to run the lift, so if two volunteers are unavailable, the lift will not be open for that day. The lift will also not be operating during high winds and snowy and icy conditions. The council will endeavour to relay any potential closures via the council’s website and Twitter account.

Cllr Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing, said: “The cliff lift is an iconic landmark here in Southend. Offering unrivalled views over the estuary, the lift offers a nostalgic reminder for older residents and new memories for our younger residents.

“The fact the volunteers have pushed so hard for the lift to be open seven days a week speaks volumes about their dedication to the town, and providing a service to residents and visitors alike. We must offer our sincerest thanks to the selfless volunteers who give up their time for the town.”

If anyone would like to volunteer for the cliff lift, please email the Museum Volunteers.