Smiler ride remains under HSE prohibition notice

The SmilerThe Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers remains under a prohibition notice more than four months since it crashed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served the order preventing the ride’s use following the 2 June incident which seriously injured five people.

A HSE spokesman today told Ride Rater: “The notice is still in effect until such time Alton Towers have told us they have complied.”

In recent weeks, the park has been testing the ride with water-filled dummies, while adding wind speed sensors around the rollercoaster.

Alton Towers has confirmed on social media that the Smiler will not reopen during the Halloween Scarefest and fireworks events, the latter of which end the park’s season on 8 November.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride is expected to reopen in 2016, following the completion of what Alton Towers has described as its “ongoing investigation”.

In a statement today, the park said: “The final decision on The Smiler will be made after we’ve finished our investigation and taken any necessary actions.”