Visitor numbers to the world’s longest pleasure pier have been bouncing back since reopening in July, and visitors are being urged to visit the pier and seafront this bank holiday weekend as the summer draws to a close.
The world’s longest pleasure pier was out of use since lockdown for the Coronavirus pandemic began back in March, with it officially reopening to visitors Monday 6 July.
Due to social distancing when on-board the carriages, the trains were not operational from the reopening date. However, following detailed risk assessments, the pier trains welcomed visitors back on board at the end of July at a reduced capacity.
Since then, visitor numbers have surpassed the 65,000 mark, but with the pier trains in their last summer before being replaced with new, eco-friendly pier trains next year, visitors are being reminded this weekend could prove to be one of the last opportunities this summer to ride the iconic trains.
Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “When we reopened the pier back in June, we knew that many people would be cautious about visiting, given the concern surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Since reopening, however, we have been blown away by the incredible numbers visiting to the pier and been pleased to see the vast majority observing the measures put in place.
“I am delighted to say we have seen over 65,000 people visit the pier since its reopening. Whilst these aren’t record-breaking figures, it is fantastic to see there is still a real interest in taking in the magnificent views 1.3miles into the estuary. This summer season will be the last for these iconic trains, which have been in operation on the pier since 1986, with the introduction of the new pier trains in Spring 2021, which is even more reason to take a trip to the pier this summer.
“We have a wonderful offering along the entirety of the seafront, with fantastic restaurants, pubs, bars and arcades, there is something for all the family to enjoy.”
There are a number of safety measures in place on the pier, including a one-way walking system, sanitizing stations, signage and plastic screens. Takeaway services will be open everyday offering drinks, snacks, ice cream and fish and chips. Masks must also be worn when using the pier trains.
Please visit our Pier pages for further information.