Southend Pier trains back on track

Southend Pier trains
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Following a short delay due to supply chain issues caused by the third lockdown, Southend Council has confirmed the pier’s new electric trains are set to be delivered on 19 July.


Stating the official launch date will be “at least ten days later,” the local authority hailed the much-anticipated heritage green and cream-livery carriages as “a great attraction.”

“I think it’s great news that they will be here during the summer season,” said leader of Southend Council Ian Gilbert. “There has been a huge amount of interest so I am sure they will be a great attraction. We’re all really excited about the project.”

Alongside installation of the new carriages, the council confirmed the now-obsolete blue trains are to be repurposed as part of the pier’s furniture.

The old carriages, which have been in service since 1986, will be repositioned around the landmark in order to provide visitors with seating and shelter.

“A couple of carriages will be used at the end of the pier for shelter with seats, like a waiting area,” said councillor in charge of community safety and pier operations Martin Terry, adding the new trains will be “a bright light. The designs are lovely, and will take visitors back to years gone by.”

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