Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

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  1. John_P

    John_P TowersStreet Member

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    Plus they'd block off the easily accessible arena entrance from the prom as well.
     
  2. djtruefitt

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    Would the cost of the bridge be down to PB or the council? As was it Blackpool’s choice to install it years back or just the council? I just assumed the bridge had always been there but I guess not years back.
     
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    How come every time it closes, it is unsafe for vehicles underneath, but safe for pedestrians on top?
     
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    It was built by the Beach, the same lengthy pour as the log flume lake and supports.

    My earliest Beach memory is nearly getting run over when walking between the Ice Drome (as it was back then), and the Roller Coaster.
    There were small white posts at the side of the road, but that was it.
    The road traffic was slowed by the number of punters, but that was as far as traffic calming went back then!
    There have been repairs and patching over the years, but large parts of the edge concrete has blown, due to rot of the rebar steel.
    Very common problem with reinforced concrete on the coast...all that sea salt gets to the rebar in the end.
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    The bridge is strong enough for punters, the rebar stops it falling apart, i think the real risk is chunks of concrete dropping from the underside onto cars and peds.
     
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    The park would be better without the road, but... BPB now has so many things built off that bridge it would cost a fortune to integrate it back down at ground level. Infusion, Big dipper, half the catering venues, W&G, the arena entrance, Coasters and the East and West ramps would all need work.
    I can't imagine how you'd sort W&G out in a way that people would trudge up to it?

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    Oh, how about a monorail station, that could work :)
     
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    Keep the bridge, close the road, use the space to build an enclosed RMC mouse!
     
  7. John_P

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    They could conceivably build something similar with the Raptor track
     
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    If the overpass is beyond reasonable repair, keeping things as is may not be an option.
    The Dipper, Streak and Infusion are all at ground level, so restructuring there would be quick and cheap.
    The ramps would create space when removed, so no problems at the Arena, the top doors are never used anyway.
    Catering units are comparatively cheap, and could take up the ramp spaces.
    Couple of long extra ramps, similar to the ones now, would sort Wallace out.
    Tear down the overpass I say, improve access to all.
    Think of the old man's knees.


    Oh my God...scrap the whole idea...my beloved Crevettes!
     
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    As much as I love a silky smooth RMC, the chunks of concrete to the face would be an inconvenience.

    The Pleasure Beach has some real liabilities, its in rides and infrastructure.
     
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    If you go to BPB for a Wow weekend In February, you can likely get a feel for that setup.
    Going round on Icon with winter hail/rain blasting you in the face can be quite painful (but worth it).
     
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    Interrogated large numbers of park staff about the matter.
    Bernard on the bar "Has heard NOTHING"...
    And I can quote him on that.
    Somebody muttered something dark about the council wanting another bloody risk assessment because of the dodgy concrete and passing cars, but nothing more.
    A few of the better comments...
    Where is Watson Rd?
    Is it closed again?
    What is the overpass?
    Rare Big One walk on.
    Icon on one train...managed to touch the stainless arch on the first launch today.
    So proud, made the whole afternoons skiving worthwhile.
     
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    ^ More days off than Father Christmas, this lad
     
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    Managed four hours this morning...that's a full day isn't it?
     
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    Icon is struggling to got over its first hill. 2 roll backs in testing, 3rd times a charm. Is this normal?

    Head to the big one it is then!
     
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    yep, on testing they slowing increase the launch power so a couple of roll backs are normal
     
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    Part of daily operations.
    Just done later on a Sunday as the operating staff get up later!
    It has to warm up the wheels to prevent a stall before the first inversion.
    It still goes through there very slowly for the first few rides.
    You should be in for a good day Mr Jones.
    Jealous.
     
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    Ah cool. I figured as much given the lack of concern. Thanks BlueSonicHD and Rob.

    Thanks Rob, been open an hour and we've pretty much covered everything we've wanted to do. Weather's been ace, so head to Crevettes and wait for Icon to warm up :D
     
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    Glad you're having a great time @Robert Jones Just been on the beach with the dog at St Anne's, gorgeous day!
     
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    Sunday mornings on a sunny autumn day on the Beach...special time and space.
    And I'm painting the clucking balcony.
     
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    Does anyone have any ideas as to what the journey to hell freak nights will be?
     

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