Alton Towers names Smiler reopening date

The Smiler

Alton Towers has confirmed that it will reopen the Smiler rollercoaster on 19 March, the first day of the park’s 2016 season.

Five people were seriously injured when the Gerstlauer-manufactured ride crashed on 2 June last year, with two subsequently suffering lower-leg amputations.

A train laden with 16 people collided into a stationary empty train, which had stalled during a routine test run.

The two affected trains were impounded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of their investigation.

The HSE confirmed last week that it would be prosecuting Alton Towers operators Merlin Entertainments over the incident.

The Smiler’s popularity with park visitors is widely expected to be significantly reduced compared to that seen prior to the accident.