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Smiler investigation “pretty much concluded”

An internal investigation into the Smiler rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers has been “pretty much concluded”, CEO Nick Varney has said. The Merlin Entertainments boss said in a trading update this morning that the results…


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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla wins award

Blackpool 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…


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Smiler ride still under HSE prohibition notice

Alton 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

Recent 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…


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Blackpool Pleasure Beach returns to profit

Blackpool 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 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…


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Bolt falls from Blackpool Big One rollercoaster

A 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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Fantasy Island to remain in administration

Fantasy 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…