The historic Folkestone Leas Lift is planned to re-open this Saturday after essential maintenance work was carried out. Some of the sleepers and a part of the automatic braking system needed replacing and work was carried out in the pump room where areas of the floor also needed to be replaced.
Volunteers also filled a time capsule which was buried into the concrete floor during the work with all the information currently held on the lift and copies of tickets. Historical pictures and photos of the people who have been involved in running the visitor attraction were also put into the container. The lift has carried more than 50 million people since it opened 125 years ago.
The Folkestone Leas Lift Community Interest Company has been running it since July 2010 and operates the lift as a living museum. It is only the fourth company to manage it in its history.