Lightwater Valley: Ultimate rollercoaster ‘decommissioned’

The Ultimate, Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley has said that the Ultimate rollercoaster has been “decommissioned” with no plans to re-open the ride.

The Theme Park Insanity bloggers shared on their Facebook page a message received from the park stating that the Ultimate no longer formed part of its plans.

“The Ultimate does not fit with the new direction of the park,” it said, in reference to the park’s recent under-12 target market.

However, a spokesperson later told RideRater that the ride had been “decommissioned for the 2022 season” and that there was no further information available.

“We can confirm that the Ultimate has been decommissioned for the 2022 season,” they said.

“At this stage we have no further updates regarding the future of the ride. We will update our channels accordingly when we have further information.”

While the ride remains at Lightwater Valley, it has not operated since 2019 after being first mothballed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the North Yorkshire park’s summer 2021 takeover by the Brighton Pier Group (BPG), the latter’s chief executive Anne Ackord told RideRater that the Ultimate would be assessed for viability of operation or modification.

At the start of this year it was confirmed that it would remain mothballed throughout this season, but a BPG spokesman said the ride was being assessed for potential repairs.

At its opening in 1991, it was the world’s longest rollercoaster until 2000.