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Hastings’ East Hill Lift reopens

The East Hill Lift in Hastings Old Town, the steepest funicular railway in the country, has reopened following the completion of extensive refurbishment work.

The lift closed in October 2022 following an examination of the track, which showed repairs were required. These repairs have taken some time to complete due to the nature of the railway and because more work was needed than originally expected.

The East Hill Lift will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the October half-term break and will also be open at weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the winter period (until 1 March 2024).

Cllr Andy Batsford, lead for Culture at Hastings Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that this much-loved asset has been restored to its former glory, enabling passengers for years to come to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the East Hill.”

East Hill Lift funicular railway in Hastings.
©Kevin Boorman
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