As Alton Towers comes to the end of its opening season, the flagship ride at the resort, the Smiler, was forced to close again this weekend due to a fault.
This is the first season the ride has been open at the Staffordshire theme park, and it has not gone smoothly for the highly-anticipated roller-coaster.
- Wednesday April 24: Work is completed on the Smiler. Described by the resort as 'the most impressive addition to Alton Towers', it cost £18million and required 700 tonnes of steel.
- Thursday May 23: The opening of the Smiler was delayed due to technical problems described by the park as 'unforeseen teething problems'.
- Tuesday May 28: The Smiler is still closed, with the park unable to say when it will open.
- Saturday June 1: The world's largest roller-coaster finally opens at Alton Towers.
- Tuesday July 23: The ride is forced to close after reports of a bolt falling from the ride.
- Wednesday July 24: The Smiler re-opens, with a park spokesperson claiming that at no point was anyone in danger.
- Saturday November 2: The roller-coaster is again forced to close after some of its wheels came off while at the highest point of the ride.