Universal Studios Singapore has confirmed that a "flaw in the design" of the trains on the Battlestar Galactica rollercoasters was behind the rides' sudden closure after just one week in operation.
The dueling rollercoasters, which were among the park's headline attractions when it opened in March, have been out of action since a fault was discovered during routine testing on March 25. Rumors had pointed to problems with trains on the coasters, and these have now been confirmed by the chairman and chief executive of the park's owner, Genting Group.
Lim Kok Thay made his first public statement on the closure of Battlestar Galactica on Wednesday, revealing that the trains have ungergone a "major redesign" to ensure that the coasters can meet safety standards. The park hopes to reopen the attraction by the end of 2010, although it has yet to set a firm date.
Recent rumors suggest that Battlestar Galactica will receive new trains this week. This would enable extensive safety tests to begin to ensure that the cause of the ride's closure has been resolved. Both of the attraction's two Vekoma-built coasters (known as Human and Cyclon) will remain closed until safety clearance is received from authorities in Singapore.
Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica opened to the public on March 18. Both of its coasters feature a launched start, and at a height of 140ft are the tallest dueling rollercoasters in the world.
The CEO claimed that attendance at Universal Studios Singapore has not been adversely affected by the loss of Battlestar Galactica, or by the late opening of the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure dark ride (which is also planned to open by December 2010). Mr Lim says that the performance of Resorts World Sentosa, the sprawling complex which houses the theme park, is "exceeding expectations".
Both Battlestar Galactica and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure feature in Theme Park Tourist's list of the 10 most exciting new theme park attractions opening in 2010.