The Plans for this new roller coaster which is is being called "Project Exodus" were first announced back in early December 2021. Here is the original timeline for the project that was initially outlined on the official proposal site:
- Jan/Feb 2022 - Review consultation responses and final design development
- Spring 2022 - Finalise and submit application to Council
- Late Spring/Summer 2022 - Planning decision issued by Council
- Late 2022 - Start construction
- TBC - New rollercoaster opens to public
In November when the application was approved by the local planning authority who were given permission by the Secretary of State to determine the project, Thorpe Park could proceed with this exciting new roller coaster. Further concept art can be seen below.
March 18, 2022 - Thorpe Park has been conducting a public consultation on this ambitious project since January 7, 2022. This consultation is now complete. It has recently been reported that Thorpe Park has now officially submitted the final application which includes further details for what is called "Project Exodus" which will be the tallest roller coaster in the UK and is set to open at Thorpe Park in 2024. For further details on this application you can check out Jack Silkstone's tweet below:
THE TIME HAS COME!! 🎢
Thorpe Park have officially submitted planning permission to build the UK’s tallest rollercoaster!
In this final application, the rides layout appears the same as previously seen however we get a lot more information and renders!
(thread incoming!) pic.twitter.com/oiAp8cYvJt
— Jack Silkstone (@J_Silkstone) March 14, 2022
December 11, 2021 - Thorpe Park, the popular Merlin Entertainment owned theme park in Surrey UK, has revealed plans this week for a new rollercoaster which ia set to be the tallest ride in the UK at 236ft and could be ready to open in 2024. It will beat the previous record holder, The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach which has held the tallest rollercoaster record since 1994. The last major attraction which opened at Thorpe Park was The Swarm back in 2012 so the announcement that Thorpe Park is set to open a new rollercoaster is extremely welcome news.
Merlin aim to revitalise Thorpe Park in the aftermath of COVID-19 to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. In a statement, Thorpe Park said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on admission numbers to the Resort. Thorpe Park Resort aims to continue to invest in the Park’s attractions to encourage more people to return to the Resort now that the tourism industry has re-opened. This key investment and the introduction of new attractions is critical to the Resort’s recovery from the COVID-related impacts on the business."
The image below shows the existing site plan which shows the former Loggers Leap and Rocky Express as well as the proposal boundary.
The image below shows the proposed site plan including the new ride, maintenance building and plaza.
Thorpe Park commented on the new ride saying, "Visitors will be transported from the station structure around a new track over water in an exhilarating experience."
Although the proposed manufacturer for this new ride has not been officially announced yet, Thorpe Park has released a number of artist impressions credited to SMYTHEMAN ARCHITECTURAL to show what fans could be in store for with the new rollercoaster. These can be seen below where the scale and height of the new rollercoaster which has been named Project Exodus, can clearly be seen.
Merlin are having to take special care in order to ensure the proposal site doesn't impact on the green belt area, "The site is Previously Developed land within the Green Belt and planning policy allows redevelopment and infill development where there is no greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than existing development.", "A detailed study will be submitted with the application to demonstrate that the proposals will not adversely affect views, or the openness of the Green Belt given the surrounding Theme Park development."
There was a four-week public consultation on the rollercoaster plans which ran until January 7. There were also two virtual meetings for local residents on Monday, December 13 2021. Members of the public were able to make their views heard on this new proposal. The comments were considered by Merlin before submitting the planning application in early 2022.