Alton Towers ride launch delay

Alton Towers has confirmed that its new £18 million ride called The Smiler is still not working. It was due to open on Thursday 23 May. With 14 loops to the previous record of 10, it is the largest roller-coaster ever built.

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Alton Towers roller coaster workers pose for classic photo

The workers sat on top of the track in 1930s costume Credit: Alton Towers

Alton Towers Resort has today announced that construction has been completed on its new roller coaster, The Smiler.

To celebrate completion, 10 workers enjoyed their lunch on one of the ride’s highest points, taking inspiration from the iconic ‘New York Girder’ image.

To mark the completion of construction as the site manager, Mike Tubb, officially screwed the last bolt into the attraction.

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