The Skyride at Alton Towers remains closed, with some rumours suggesting that it could be weeks or months before it is able to reopen.
Alton Towers has made no official statement on the reasons for the Skyride's closure, simply stating on its website "a million apologies - the Skyride is currently unavailable". However, rumours on fansite Towers Times have suggested that the ride's cable will need to be replaced - a logistically difficult task given the ride's route above areas that are packed with guests during the daytime.
If a cable replacement is required, the Skyride could miss much of Alton Towers' 2011 peak season. However, it remains possible that a less serious issue is affecting the ride.
The Skyride is an important attraction for Alton Towers, since it allows guests to move around the park's sprawling grounds at a much faster pace than they can on foot. The gondolas of the ride carry guests over the Towers' famous gardens, saving significant walking time.
The attraction has had a troubled recent history, having been affected by serious fires in 2007 and 2009. On both occasions, fires affected the Skyride's stations, requiring extensive rebuilding work.