Alton Towers has revealed plans to open a new rollercoaster in time for the 2013 season, with the ride set to be "the only one of its kind in the world".
Ian Crabbe, Divisional Director at the Alton Towers Resort, revealed the plans in an interview with local newspaper The Sentinel. The new coaster, codenamed "SW7", is set to be the park's most expensive yet, with the budget topping the £15 million spent on installing Thirteen in 2010.
No details of SW7 have been released by the park, although the "world first" claim would appear to rule out many existing coaster models. Alton Towers owner Merlin is currently spending £18 million on installing a B&M Wing Rider coaster at sister park Thorpe Park.
Alton Towers will not open any new rides during 2011, although it is adding family musical the Go!Go!Go! show to its Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre. The park also plans the return of its popular fireworks display in the autumn, followed by its first ever full Christmas opening period.
Merlin today reported an 8.5% increase in pre-tax profits to £255.8m, with visitor numbers across its global chain of theme parks reaching 41 million. Alton Towers hit a 17-year record, with 2.7 million people visiting the park during 2011.
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