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.

The rollercoaster crashed on 2 June this year, seriously injury five people. Two of the riders suffered leg amputations.

BBC Radio Stoke, which reported the park’s comments over the recent testing, today reported that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are not involved in the testing of the rollercoaster.

The BBC has also this evening reported that the HSE prohibition notice preventing the ride’s use is still in effect.

‘No decision’ on future

There has been considerable speculation that the ride is to re-open imminently following the observation of trains being sent around the track, although this has been played down.

In recent days, Alton Towers has continued to say that the ride will remain closed for the “foreseeable future” and that no decision has been taken with regards to the ride’s future.

It has also repeatedly stated that the investigation into the ride’s accident was still “ongoing”.

Ride Rater has understood for several months that the ride is not scheduled to open to the public prior to the theme park’s season ending on 8 November.