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Thorpe Park begins testing of The Swarm roller coaster ahead of March 2012 debut

The Swarm construction image

Thorpe Park has begun testing of its new roller coaster for 2012, The Swarm, with photos appearing online that show the ride's heavily-themed trains traversing its circuit.

The photos, posted to the Thorpe Park Mania forums, suggest that The Swarm is on track to open as planned on March 15, 2012. The first images of the coaster's trains were released last week, and it now appears that they had arrived on site ready to take part in the test runs.

The Swarm will be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider roller coaster to open in the UK, and will see guests seated on "wings" on either side of the trains. This will enable them to experience a number of near-misses with the ride's extensive theming elements, which are designed to create a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Thorpe Park's planning application for The Swarm revealed that the ride will offer a "fly-through experience through a crash scene", which will be populated with derelict buildings and vehicles. To match the depressing scene, the coaster's track will be painted grey with grey-brown supports.

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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