Smiler ride still under HSE prohibition notice

The Smiler 1Alton 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”.

Ride Rater understands that the still-active state of the prohibition notice was confirmed by the HSE after an approach for a statement was made earlier today.

Alton Towers has also repeatedly stated that no decision over the ride’s future had yet been taken.

In recent days, trains have been seen going around the ride’s track, but the park has said that this is being done in conjunction with manufacturers Gerstlauer, as part of its ongoing investigation.

Five people were seriously injured after the crash in June, resulting in the park being closed for a number of days.

Park operators Merlin Entertainments it could take 18 months to recover as it recently warned of a £50 million profits fall in this financial year.