Seven Sisters cliff steps: Work starts

Sheep grazing in front of the Seven Sisters cliffs in Sussex The Seven Sisters cliffs are one of the most photographed coastal features in England

Work to build new steps leading down from the Seven Sisters cliffs has started.

The new steps at Birling Gap, which are being paid for by the National Trust and Wealden District Council, are needed following coastal erosion.

The public will not be able to access the beach during the 18-day works.

Since the last replacement staircase was installed in 1996, the cliffs where the staircase is attached have eroded by 33ft (10m).

The staircase, which costs £65,000 and will be used by an estimated 350,00 people per year, is made from galvanised steel fitted with hardwood treads.

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