SOUTHEND Pier’s new electric trains have once again been pulled from service.

The new electric trains replaced the blue diesel vehicles, which have been in operation since 1986, in September 2022.

But due to a problem with the pier train compressors, the diesel trains are rolling back out of the station to serve guests.

Derek Jarvis, councillor responsible for arts, culture, heritage and leisure, says: "There has been a fault with the pier train compressors, which our contractors Severn Lamb are looking into, and we hope to have some answers later this week.

“In the meantime, and until the new trains can go back into service, we will be using the diesel train.

"Like our residents and visitors, we are extremely frustrated by these technical faults, and apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused.

“We hope to have the new trains back up and running as soon as possible and will update everyone as soon as we can on the progress to rectify them."

It comes as the pier faced an issue with one of the electric trains last month.

Their replacement of the diesel trains came as part of a £3.5 million investment by the council into the pier and the city’s tourism.

For any updates regarding the technical fault, please visit the Southend Pier website or follow their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.