Black Hole site plans confirmed for SW7 at Alton Towers

Alton Towers 2013 rollercoaster – codenamed Secret Weapon Seven (SW7) – has been confirmed as the subject of the park’s recent planning application.

In a locally-distributed physical newsletter, the park confirmed that “a planning application for our 2013 rollercoaster will be submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council – we’ll be e-mailing further details out in January.”

Two plans were submitted to the council yesterday, one requests a change to a conservation area – this is believed to be the removal of the enclosing tent of former Black Hole rollercoaster.

An additional application was submitted at the same time and it is expected that associated documents released early next year will reveal plans for the SW7 rollercoaster in the X Sector area of the park.

John Wardley involvement

The design of the ride began in summer 2010 and has featured a level of involvement from concept designer John Wardley, who is now semi-retired and acts as a ride consultant to Merlin Entertainments.

His level of input into recent rollercoaster projects is not particularly clear, but he has previously described his role as “offering support” – but he was involved in the Saw and Thirteen rollercoasters of 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Associated planning documents for the SW7 plans, including technical drawings and artistic impressions,  are likely to be made public in January.