The Cliff Lift 

The Cliff Lift is currently closed due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.


The 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. It's officially the shortest funicular railway and the only single track funicular railway in Britain! 


The line is owned and operated by 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


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