Editorial: Alton Towers’ early closes make sense

Alton Towers ruinsTo say Alton Towers has struggled massively since the Smiler accident this summer, would be an understatement.

The park has been virtually deserted during weekdays, including some over the usually-busy school holidays.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla wins award

ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach’s ride Valhalla has been named Best Water Ride by US publication Amusement Today.

The Golden Ticket Awards were yesterday announced in New York, with Valhalla being the only UK winner of an award.

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Smiler ride still under HSE prohibition notice

The Smiler 1Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster remains under a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prohibition notice preventing its use.

The BBC’s Local Live reporter Euan Duncan this evening reported that the enforcement action was “still in force”.

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Smiler tests being conducted with manufacturer

The SmilerRecent testing of Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster is being conducted in conjunction with the ride’s manufacturers, the park has said.

Gerstlauer has been conducting a design review of the ride, in conjunction with the park and an unspecified third party.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach returns to profit

Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool Pleasure Beach has returned to profit following a number of years of loss-making, accounts show.

The Lancashire amusement park recorded a £364,000 profit in the year ending 22 March 2015.

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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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