Video: Historic Madeira Terrace Lift on Brighton Seafront to remain closed this year

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Brighton’s historic Madeira Terrace lift, which has been in operation since 1890, will not be opening this year. The lift, located at Shelter Hall (Concorde 2) on Brighton Seafront, is an ornamental Victorian lift that connects Madeira Drive at beach level to Marine Parade above, with an intermediate stop at the terrace walkway.

According to a notice pinned on the lift from Brighton Hove Council seafront team, a new survey has revealed that the lift shaft can no longer support the weight of the old lift, and the original plan to upgrade it is no longer viable. The lift has not been operational at deck level since the Terrace was closed in 2016 and only exits into the Concorde 2 nightclub.

The historic lift, which required an attendant to operate, could not accommodate mobility scooters, making it inaccessible to those with mobility issues. Due to increasing maintenance and repair issues in recent years, the lift has often had to be closed.

However, there is hope for a new fully accessible lift to be installed at the Royal Crescent Steps in 2025. The new lift will be designed to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and will have lighting and security to provide 24-hour-a-day access for all to Madeira Drive and the deck from Marine Parade.

While the closure of the historic Madeira Terrace lift may be disappointing news for visitors and locals alike, the planned installation of a new fully accessible lift is a step towards making Brighton’s seafront more accessible for all.

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