The Swarm construction image

Construction work on Thorpe Park's new roller coaster for the 2012 season, The Swarm, is continuing at a rapid pace.

The majority of the ride's circuit is now in place, along with the outer structure of its station building. The Swarm will be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster to open in the UK, and the swooping drops and twisting turns that will will its major features are clearly visible in the official construction photos below.

Image © Thorpe Park

Image © Thorpe Park

Image © Thorpe Park

Image © Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park has promised that The Swarm will feature near misses and "gut wrenching" inversions, with the ride starting with a unique 127-feet-tall inverted drop. The theme for the new addition is based around war and destruction, with the coaster itself representing an invading "swarm" of aliens.

The Swarm is being constructed north of the existing Stealth coaster, on an island in Thorpe Park's man-made lake. The attraction will be the second B&M Wing Rider coaster to open at a Merlin-owned theme park, following Raptor at Gardaland. Wing Rider coasters see riders seated either side of the track in a "winged" formation.

For full details of the planned new rollercoaster, read Theme Park Tourist’s full preview of The Swarm at Thorpe Park.

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