Broken Spinnaker Tower lift set to be finally removed later this year

LIFT OFF The Spinnaker Tower
LIFT OFF The Spinnaker Tower
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PORTSMOUTH City Council plans to finally remove the troubled external lift on the Spinnaker Tower.

Work is set to start later this year after the decision was taken last year to drop plans to make the lift work.

The removal will take place more than six years after the tower opened, during which time the glass attraction has never worked properly.

A council spokeswoman said: ‘Various parties are being consulted, and when an agreement has been made, then action will be taken to remove the lift. We expect this to happen some time this year.’

Problems with the lift first became clear when it got stuck two weeks before the tower opened and again on its opening day when its passengers were suspended 40ft in the air.

Although lift company Cotswold Lifts said it had fixed the fault, Continuum, which took over the running of the tower from a company called Heritage, said it was too unreliable to use as it could be expected to get stuck up to twice a day.

Other problems with the glass lift included a short period in which its doors were found to open wide enough for a person to fall out while it was moving.

The council decided that a replacement lift would be too expensive at an estimated £1m. In 2008 it was estimated the lift being out of action had cost Continuum and the council up to £3.5m in lost revenue.