Big wheel planned for Southport

PLANS for a landmark 35 metre illuminated observation wheel next to Southport’s Marine Lake are set to bring more visitors to the town.

The wheel, which will be the highest accessible vantage-point near the sea front, will offer long-ranging, wide-vista views to passengers in its series of fully accessible six-person glass pods.

The giant wheel has been built-to-order by leisure and attractions expert Norman Wallis, who envisages the structure as a landmark for the town. The structure will be delivered this summer and is set to transform the skyline of Southport while offering panoramic views. 

The announcement about the town’s new statement structure is part of plans to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Southport Pleasureland’s miniature railway – the world’s oldest constantly running 15-inch gauge railway.  Further plans around the miniature railway celebrations wil be unveiled soon.

Mr Wallis said: “The wheel is a real show-stopper and I think the town deserves a landmark feature of this calibre and we believe it will be incredibly popular.  The views will be breath-taking and the observation wheel itself will be able to be clearly seen when approaching the town.

“This fabulous iconic feature will give people yet another reason to stop and admire the sea views – and make a hugely positive addition to Southport’s visitor appeal.”