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Cliff railway closes for repairs
Inside the West Hill Cliff Railway
The West Hill Cliff Railway runs up to the ruins of Hastings Castle
A 115-year-old railway line in East Sussex is closing for major repair works scheduled to last for 16 weeks.

The West Hill Cliff Railway, commonly known as the West Hill Lift, runs from George Street in Hastings town centre, through the cliff and up to the castle.

The maintenance and refurbishment programme includes replacing the track and electrical and concrete works.

The West Hill cliffs themselves offer views to the west to Beachy Head and also out across the English Channel.

Councillor Peter Pragnell, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said specialist engineers would use ropes to access the cliffs section of the line.

He also said: "We realise the closure will cause some inconvenience for residents and visitors... we hope people will use alternative methods to access Hastings Castle and Smugglers Adventure."

There is still footpath and road access to the West Hill.


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