Plans for Alton Towers to build a brand new roller coaster on the site of The Flume have been green lit by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Planning applications which were submitted earlier this year, show the park’s intentions to install a wooden roller coaster for the 2018 season.

The roller coaster is expected to be of a family thrill nature, and brought to life by renowned wooden roller coaster manufacturer, Great Coasters International (GCI).

The new addition will be the first wooden roller coaster to be built in the United Kingdom in over 20 years, with the latest installation, Megafobia, having opened at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales during the 1996 season.

Work is set to begin next month on removing The Flume’s trough, before further groundworks can begin as well as the restaurant conversion on The Flume’s station.

Alex Dunne

A Manchester-born thrill seeker and keen theme park enthusiast, who loves that adrenaline rush from the rides that you get!

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