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Originally installed in 1885, in Folkestone, Kent, the Grade II Listed, Leas Lift is a funicular railway which carries passengers between the seafront and the promenade. It is one of the oldest water lifts in the UK

The lift operates using water and gravity and is controlled from a small cabin at the top of the cliff. It has carried more than 50 million people since it opened, in a process that is especially energy efficient. The lift has a very small carbon footprint, as it emits no pollution and recycles all of the water used to drive the cars.

The Folkestone Leas Lift CIC was set up with the intention that the Leas Lift be brought back into use, with a sustainable and long term future. We aim to return the building into a functional and safe condition and to restore the Lifts to its Victorian glory. The Directors of the CIC bring a range of skills and experience including engineering, marketing and finance.

Our goal is two-fold – to get the lift back into operation and, in the future, deliver something even more fabulous to Folkestone, which will be an iconic feature, much loved for generations to come.
Leas lift