Alton Towers to reopen on Monday after crash

OblivionAlton Towers will reopen on Monday, five days after two trains on the Smiler rollercoaster collided.

The X Sector area of the park – containing the affected ride, the Oblivion rollercoaster and Enterprise flat ride – will remain closed until further notice.

The Sonic Spinball rollercoaster will also not open, and follows the news earlier this week that the similar Dragon’s Fury ride at Chessington World of Adventures has been closed while operational changes are made.

The Staffordshire theme park has been closed for five consecutive days since four people sustained serious injuries in Tuesday’s crash.

Opening at the usual time of 10:00, the park said that the X Sector would be closed due to the “ongoing investigation into the incident on The Smiler”.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured rollercoaster is currently under Prohibition Notice from the Health and Safety Executive.

The similar Saw – The Ride at sister attraction Thorpe Park has also been closed by owners Merlin Entertainments.

An additional similar ride, Rage, at Adventure Island in Southend is being operated as normal and was this week featured on the television programme Good Morning Britain several days after the Smiler accident.

2 comments

  1. Gav says:

    Why have they closed sonic? this is not in the X sector!.
    Also charging £100 for 2 adults?!!!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Gav,

      As the article states, they are preparing now operating procedures following the Smiler crash, and these are not yet ready for implementation on Sonic Spinball. The same is happening with the similar Dragon’s Fury ride at Chessington World of Adventures.