Alton Towers has received planning approval for its new ride for 2012, with construction work on Nemesis: What Lies Beneath? now set to accelerate.
Fan site Towers Times reports that the park has been given the go-ahead to install its latest addition by local authorities. While Alton Towers has traditionally struggled to gain consent for new attractions due to its proximity to the nearby villages Alton and Farley, it has carefully designed Nemesis: What Lies Beneath? in order to minimise its impact on the surrounding area.
The new ride will be hosted indoors, which is likely to eliminate most noise issues. The building that houses it will feature a 6 metre deep basement to create more room for the attraction while minimising its height. It will be located in the Forbidden Valley area of the park, close to the existing Nemesis rollercoaster.
Work to clear the site for the new ride is already underway, although timescales are now extremely tight for completing the ride in time for the start of Alton Towers' 2012 season. The existing Lava Lump climbing wall that previously occupied the area has already been removed.
Nemesis: What Lies Beneath? will see guests entering into underground "catacombs", where they are likely to meet the Nemesis alien itself. Manufacturer ABC Rides has confirmed that it is supplying the ride system, fueling rumours that a miniature drop tower similar to Extremis at The London Dungeon is on the cards.
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