THE CLIFF LIFT

The Cliff Lift

WHERE

work Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

TELEPHONE

work01702 215620

EMAIL

vic@southend.gov.uk

The Southend Cliff Lift, is a funicular railway, constructed in 1912. The lift operated for the first time on Bank Holiday Monday, in August of that year.

The line is owned and operated by the Museums Service of Southend Borough Council, and has the following technical parameters:

  • Length: 130 feet (40 m)
  • Height difference: 57 feet (17 m)
  • Gradient: 43,4%
  • Cars: 1
  • Capacity: 12 passengers per car
  • Configuration: Single track, with separate counterweight track
  • Main track gauge: 4 ft 6 in (1,372 mm)
  • Counterweight track gauge: 21 in (533 mm)
  • Traction: Electricity

The line has an unusual configuration, as it runs on a single-track elevated structure. The counterweight track runs within this structure, immediately below the main track that carries the passenger car

OPENING TIMES

  • Please call for opening times