Smiler crash ’caused by safety lock override’

The SmilerThe accident on Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster was caused by an engineer overriding a ‘safety lock’, it has been claimed.

The Mail on Sunday today reported that it had learnt that ‘human error’ and a ‘failure to follow basic safety procedures’ led to the 2 June accident.

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Bolt falls from Blackpool Big One rollercoaster

Big One rollercoaster at BlackpoolA bolt recently fell from the structure of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big One rollercoaster, it has emerged.

The Sun newspaper quoted a visitor as saying it landed within “inches” or her child.

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The progress of Fantasy Island in administration

Millennium rollercoasterFantasy Island is very much an amusement park for which the old Marmite cliché is valid.

Certainly it splits the theme park enthusiast community considerably, with many looking down on it with almost snobbishness.

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Fantasy Island to remain in administration

The OdysseyFantasy Island will remain in administration until at least February 2016, despite profitable operation in the past year.

The amusement park – which includes caravan income and some market income – had losses of £748,000 offset by significant market income from a subsidiary.

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Merlin Entertainments far from dead in the water

Nick VarneyMerlin Entertainments is continuing to press ahead with major investments at its theme parks, despite recent setbacks.

The accident that seriously hurt five people at Alton Towers last month has had a huge effect on the company’s theme parks, that is unquestionable.

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Editorial: The gamble of reopening the Smiler

The SmilerReopening the Smiler is not as simple as it may first seem, even when it has been determined as being safe.

Alton Towers faces a huge headache on how to proceed with a ride which has been dogged by problems since its opening.

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Smiler under design review following collision

The SmilerThe Smiler rollercoaster is undergoing a design review following the collision which seriously injured five people last month.

The park’s operators Merlin Entertainments said that they were conducting a third-party review in conjunction with the ride’s manufacturers Gerstlauer.

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Lightwater Valley ride activated during checks

Treetop TwisterLightwater Valley has dismissed a ride operator who activated a rollercoaster while it was being checked by another employee.

Sasha Higgins was inspecting a car on the Treetop Twister ride when another operator dispatched it from the station as ‘a joke’.

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Revamp reported for Alton Towers Scarefest

Alton Towers ruinsAlton Towers is to undertake a major revamp of its Halloween Scarefest event this year, it has been reported.

A press release allegedly obtained by the ScareTour website – but now withdrawn – states that four new attractions will feature during the 16-day event.

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Merlin reprimanded over annual pass sale

Merlin EntertainmentsMerlin Entertainments has received a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following “misleading” marketing of its annual passes.

The products were offered in a sale at the end of last year, as part of the company’s usual sale held each year.

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