The Smiler, Alton Towers’ latest rollercoaster creation has finally come together, with construction of the ride’s 1170 metres of track being completed this morning! The ride, codenamed SW7, has been subject to several delays with the original opening date of March having to be moved to May.
Over the past few weeks construction teams have been hard at work assembling the multimillion pound rollercoaster, with progress coming along in leaps and bounds. Today the last piece of track was bolted into place, at the top of the first lift hill, marking one of the final major milestones in construction before the ride opens.
Alton Towers are yet to confirm an exact date for the ride to open, but it has been speculated that the ride may open to the public on May 18th, with an official press event scheduled to take place the night before.
However, before the ride can open there is still some work to be done, including queue line construction, some final theming elements, adding the finishing touches to the ride station, and most importantly testing of the coaster to ensure safety and quality.
Thanks to Alton Towers and the resort’s Twitter page for the above pictures from this morning.
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