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The Thirteen rollercoaster at Alton Towers is set to reopen on Thursday, June 2, 2011, having been out of action for several days due to technical problems.

Towers Times reports that the coaster has been closed for much of the half-term school holidays, with reports on Twitter suggesting that the roof of the ride's "crypt" building had been removed to enable access to machinery. However, the park has now confirmed that the ride is due to return to action imminently.

Thirteen opened on March 20, 2010 at a cost of £15 million. Billed as "the scariest rollercoaster in the world", it features a "world's first" element towards the end of its circuit. Unconfirmed rumours claim that problems with this section may have been behind the current downtime.

While Thirteen suffered from periods of downtime during its opening season, reliability has since improved. The ride remains the most recent to open at Alton Towers, which made no new additions for the 2011 season.

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