Ready for take off!

It’s all systems go again as our vintage chairlift is back up and running after its annual overhaul.

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Independent assessors have checked over the popular ride and deemed it ready for lift off, just in time for the Easter holidays.

dzg_chairlift_gv_bottom1web_0_0As part of the annual MOT, assessors randomly x-rayed 25 of the 41 numbered chairs as well as the chairlift’s rope and mechanics and given them the all-clear for another year allowing DZG’s maintenance team to install the chairs back onto the rope. 

Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The inspection went really well and showed the chairlift is in a good working order so we’re delighted to have it back in action ready to take holiday visitors up and down the hill in style.”       

The chairlift, which is the only one of its kind in the country, was reintroduced almost four years-ago, thanks to a £117,000 Heritage Lottery-funded refurb.

The two-minute free trip offers panoramic views across the Black Country and across to Birmingham, as it transports visitors from the zoo’s lower zoo to the 11th century Dudley Castle – soaring directly over our Sulawesi crested macaques – who will be moving into their new home this week – ahead of the opening of Macaques on the Bank on Saturday.