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There is good news for Alton Towers fans, with the park's latest rollercoaster being approved for construction.

Due to open in 2010, the ride (codenamed "Secret Weapon 6") will fill the space vacated by the recently departed Corkscrew. As is often the case with new construction at Alton Towers, large numbers of locals objected to the planning application for the new ride.

Planning officers recommended to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council that they approve the plan before their meeting today. Alton Towers has made concessions in the design of the ride, which will stand 20 metres above ground - some 1.7 metres lower than the Corkscrew.

The Corkscrew was Alton Towers longest-standing ride prior to its closure last year, having opened in April 1980. Its famous "corkscrew" loops are expected to be displayed in the park in the future.

TPT will keep readers updated as news emerges of the opening date for the new coaster.

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