New £18m rollercoaster planned for Alton Towers

Alton Towers, a theme park based in Staffordshire, UK, is planning to build its biggest ride yet at a cost of £18m.

The new rollercoaster is claimed to be the first of its kind, and promises thrills for adrenalin junkies. It currently has the codename SW7 (Secret Weapon 7), and although its construction is yet to begin, it is expected to be ready for the opening of Alton Tower’s new season in March next year.

SW7 claims several impressive statistics, including a highest drop of 98 feet, a maximum speed of 52 mph and a duration of 2 minutes and 45 seconds, which is longer than any of the theme park’s current rides. The park’s owners also claim a ‘world’s first’ feature for the new ride, but are refusing to reveal any more details of it at this point in time. They did however say that The Sanctuary, a new attraction that has already opened at the park, offers curious guests a taste of what is to come.

Alton Towers head of consumer marketing, Katherine Duckworth, was reported in the Daily Mail, saying, ‘Details of the new ride coming to the theme park in 2013 are still a closely-guarded secret but we know that people are hugely excited about its arrival and want a hint of what is to come. The Sanctuary is set to make Scarefest more terrifying than ever, and give our guests the chance to experience a preview of our new ride before it opens to the public in March.’

Alton Towers’ existing thrill rides include Nemesis and Rita, Queen of Speed.