Southport Pleasureland plans new rollercoaster

Zamperla Lightning Coaster

Southport Pleasureland has submitted a planning application for a new vertical drop 35-metre (115-foot) rollercoaster.

In an application registered with Sefton Council on 23 July, documents describe a 681-metre length ride.

The ride specifications and accompanying images match the profile of a Lightning Coaster model from Italian manufacturers Zamperla.

The planning application also describes a rider height restriction of 1.3 metres and a maximum speed of 56 miles per hour.

The proposed plot for the rollercoaster is described as an “underused area” of Pleasureland, and would provide a “significant new attraction” for the Merseyside amusement park.

Its narrow 260-metre profile would run parallel to the town’s seafront road Marine Drive if approved for construction.

Plans outline how the ride will open with the rest of the park from between 10 am and up to midnight daily.

Zamperla describes the Lighting Coaster is described as an updated version of its Thunderbolt ride, of which there is a example at Luna Park in the United States.