Southport Pleasureland rollercoaster approved

Zamperla Lightning Coaster

Plans for a new vertical drop 35-metre (115-foot) rollercoaster at Southport Pleasureland have been approved.

A planning application for the 681-metre-long ride was submitted in July this year, and were today approved by Sefton Council.

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

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

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

The area’s narrow 260-metre profile run parallel to the town’s seafront road Marine Drive.

Plans outlined how the ride would open with the rest of the park from 10 am and up to midnight each day.

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.