- Posted August 7, 2013 by
staffordshire, United Kingdom
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It was just the start of the summer holidays when the
new £18million white-knuckle ride at Alton Towers had been shut after cracks appeared around the base of a giant metal support.
The Smiler was closed on Tuesday – the second time since its launch in May that the 14-loop rollercoaster has been put out of action.
A spokeswoman blamed a “technical issue” with one of the supports but denied the recent heatwave could have caused the cracks.
She said: “It wasn’t a safety issue. It was picked up during standard daily checks. The cracks were at the surface where the bolts go in.”
Unhappy visitors who had travelled to the Staffordshire theme park from across the country to have a go on the hair-raising ride told of their disappointment.
Dawn Jones wrote on the resort’s Facebook page: “Does Smiler ever work?” Stephen Taylor added: “Come on guys... came all this way... sort it out.” And Joe Forrest posted: “Many guests are coming specifically to ride it. What am I supposed to tell the kids?”
The park’s website said yesterday that the ride is expected to re-open “soon”.
The 53mph ride first shut last month after a 12-inch metal bolt reportedly fell from the 3,839ft track near a queue.
It also broke down on its preview night in May, leaving riders dangling for 30 minutes. No one was hurt.
Construction on The Smiler, which lasts two minutes 45 seconds and features a 98ft drop, began early last year.
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