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Victorian seafront lift reopened

The Madeira Lift
The lift, opened in 1890, connects Marine Parade with Madeira Drive

A Grade II listed Victorian lift has been reopened in Brighton following a £250,000 restoration scheme.

The Madeira lift, which links the city's upper and lower promenade, was closed to the public in July 2007.

Old-fashioned railings and bollards have also replaced the concrete barriers along Madeira Drive to improve the look of the seafront.

Brighton and Hove City Council said work to refurbish the lift car would be carried out at the end of the season.

Opened in 1890, the lift links Marine Parade with Madeira Drive.

'Preserving our heritage'

It transported thousands of visitors to the beach in its heyday.

Councillor Mary Mears said: "I am absolutely thrilled that this unique Victorian lift is back in action and that we have delivered our promise to re-open in time for the Easter weekend.

"This council is committed to preserving our heritage.

"We are now looking forward to unveiling another superb example of Victorian architecture when the restored seafront bandstand also re-opens later this summer."

The council said improved lighting and CCTV at Black Rock, would also help people visiting the area feel safer and more secure.



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