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  1. Chris Halpin

What goes on at Alton Towers behind the scenes?

You may think over the winter when Alton Towers is closed the staff all get a well earned break, but for some of them that's when the work really gets going.

One hundred and fifty full time maintenance workers spend five months inspecting and overhauling all of the rides, to make sure they're set and safe for the season.

Our reporter Chris Halpin went behind the scenes ahead of opening this weekend, to see what they've been getting up to.


Alton Towers winter maintenance workload in numbers

There are 12,000 bolts on Smiler which need checking over the winter Credit: ITV News Central
  • 50,000 bolts on roller coasters checked
  • 2000 roller coaster wheels are changed
  • 120,000 hours of maintenance takes place
  • 150 full time technical staff work on site
  • 3 miles of roller coaster track climbed & inspected

Ever wondered how you fix a roller coaster? Well that's exactly what hundreds of staff have been doing since November when Alton Towers shut down for 2014.

And although you think staff might get a break, over the last five months maintenance workers have been very busy.


  1. Anglia

Have you won the lottery?

People in Northamptonshire are being urged to double-check their Lotto tickets as an unclaimed Lotto jackpot of £2.5 million is believed to belong to a ticket bought in the county.

A National Lottery spokesman said the prize-winning ticket was purchased in the south Northamptonshire area for the draw on February 7.

The six winning numbers were 3, 6, 15, 17, 18, 35 and the Bonus Ball was 22.

The lucky ticket-holder has until August 6, 2015 to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward then the prize money will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

"We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings - this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody's life. We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery spokesperson
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