Spa cliff lift to close for refurbishment works

THE Spa cliff lift in Scarborough’s South Bay is to close for two weeks to allow major refurbishment and an upgrade of safety systems to be carried out.

Work on the lift, which was opened in 1875 and is the oldest in the country, is due to start on Monday June 6, with the work to refurbish the carriages and equipment due to be completed by June 17.

Scarborough Council says the work has been planned to avoid the busy half-term holidays and a shuttle bus service is being arranged between the top station in Esplanade and the Spa when events are being held at the complex, in a bid to limit some of the inconvenience brought about by the closure. Spa concert season ticket holders are also being written to directly, to inform them of the work and alternative travel arrangements between Esplanade and the Spa.

Council asset management plan officer, Alan Dargue, said the upgrade is required to comply with Health and Safety Executive guidelines and while this work is being carried out, the opportunity is being taken to refurbish the carriages and infrastructure. The Spa Cliff Lift was originally powered by sea-water using a counterweight system.

Two gas engines, replaced by steam pumps in 1879, were installed to pump the sea water to the upper station to fill the top car. In 1947, the hydraulic system was replaced by electricity.