Archive for News

Saw rollercoaster reopens at Thorpe Park

Saw - The RideThorpe Park has reopened its ‘Saw – The Ride’ rollercoaster, which had remained closed since the Smiler crash at Alton Towers last month.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride reopened to guests of the Surrey theme park this afternoon.

Read more

Spinball ‘walking pace’ collision at Alton Towers

Sonic SpinballA “walking pace” collision occurred on the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers on Tuesday, it has emerged.

The park described the coming together of two ride cars in the loading station as a “nudge”.

Read more

Second Smiler crash victim has leg amputated

The SmilerA second person seriously injured on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers has had their leg amputated.

Vicky Balch, 20, was riding the front row of the ride when it collided with an empty train on 2 June.

Read more

Dreamland Margate reopens after 10 years

Dreamland Margate helter skelterDreamland Margate has reopened under the banner of a “re-imagined” historical theme park after 10 years.

Dating from the 1920s, when the park’s Scenic Railway ride was opened, the park closed in 2005.

Read more

Alton Towers reopens rides following accident

The Smiler entranceAlton Towers has reopened some of its rides that were closed as a result of the accident on The Smiler rollercoaster.

The X Sector area of the park – where the Smiler is located – reopened today, although the ride itself remains closed.

Read more

Alton Towers crash 999 call delay ‘unforgivable’

The SmilerOne of those injured on Alton Towers’ Smiler ride has described the delay in contacting the emergency services as “unforgivable”.

Two of the rollercoaster’s trains collided on 2 June, seriously injuring five of those on board.

Read more

Alton Towers crash victim has leg amputated

The SmilerOne of the seriously injured people on board the Smiler ride at Alton Towers when it crashed has had their leg amputated, it has emerged.

Leah Washington was on the front row of the rollercoaster in the accident, which occurred on Tuesday last week.

Read more

16,000 sign petition after Nick Varney interview

Kay BurleyA petition calling for the sacking of a Sky News journalist who interviewed the Merlin Entertainments CEO has attracted more than 16,000 signatures.

Kay Burley, who is a founding member of the news channel, interviewed Nick Varney in the wake of the Smiler ride accident at Alton Towers.

Read more