Shockwave: Stand-up train to be removed

Shockwave, Drayton Manor

The Shockwave rollercoaster at Drayton Manor is to have its stand-up train removed this season.

The park’s managing director Victoria Lynn confirmed the news to the Theme Park Worldwide YouTube channel.

Opened in 1994, Shockwave was the first stand-up rollercoaster in Europe.

Lynn said that the new train would be part of “reimagining what Shockwave was”, and that its track would be unchanged.

It will operate under a new theme and storyline, she added. Its height restriction will reduce from 1.4 metres to 1.2 metres.

The rollercoaster will re-open under a new name in 2024.

Lynn also confirmed that the previously-announced new rollercoaster at Drayton Manor would have variable settings.

The Intamin Lift & Launch model ride is scheduled to open next Spring.