The Skyride attraction at Alton Towers has reopened following a lengthy closure, restoring a vital transportation link between the park's disparate lands.
While no official statement was made by Alton Towers on the reasons behind the shutdown of the Skyride in June, it is believed that the park has been undertaking work to replace the cable that carries the ride's gondolas. Towers Times reports that this work has now been completed, enabling the Skyride to return to action.
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.