Spinnaker Tower lift removal begins

WORK Spinnaker Tower. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
WORK Spinnaker Tower. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs

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Work has finally started to remove the Spinnaker Tower’s external lift.

The glass elevator has not worked since it opened in 2005 and now, following repeated problems, it is being taken away.

Having been beset by technical difficulties, owners Portsmouth City Council and operators Continuum Leading Attractions have agreed on removal.

Engineers began the work on the 558ft attraction yesterday and are expected to finish in December. The internal lift remains in operation.

City council leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘Unfortunately, we have never been able to get the external lift to work.

‘Probably almost every lift expert in the country has worked on it at one time or another. We’ve decided there’s no point in pouring good money after bad.’