Alton Towers entrance image

Alton Towers has submitted plans to install the loops from its famous Corkscrew rollercoaster as a feature of the park's entrance plaza.

The park's application can be viewed through the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's website. Drawings submitted with the plans show that the coaster's signature double-loop would be installed across the width of plaza, in front of the ticket kiosks.

The Corkscrew was one of the first steel rollercoasters in Britain when it originally opened at Alton Towers in 1980. It is credited with helping to establish the park as one of the UK's biggest tourist attractions, but was removed last year to make way for Thirteen, a new rollercoaster that is due to open in March 2010.

When in operation, the ride's track was yellow. However, in order to ensure that the feature "blends with its surroundings", the former Corkscrew track will be painted dark purple, with the supports being painted gold.

Alton Towers has frequently struggled with planning applications for new rides due to its location in a rural area surrounded by quiet villages. This has resulted in constraints in the height of rides and the noise levels they are allowed to generate - however, these are unlikely to affect the planning application for the Corkscrew tribute.

A decision is due on the application on February 5, 2010 and if approved the Corkscrew feature is likely to be in place in time for the park's 2010 season opening on March 20.



I remember the first time I went on the Corkscrew when I was 14 in 1996. I thought it was the best ride ever. I think it is a brilliant idea to have the track in the entrance. It will look amazing and will be such a great feature at the opening of the park.

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