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Alton Towers ordered to fund road improvements to gain SW7 roller coaster approval

Alton Towers SW7 spider structure

Alton Towers has reportedly been ordered to pay £100,000 for road improvements before receiving approval for its plans to construct a new roller coaster for the 2013 season.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is expected to approve the plans for the coaster, codenamed "SW7", at a meeting on Thursday. However, This is Staffordshire reports that the park will be forced to fund measures designed to alleviate traffic congestion caused by an increase in visitor numbers that the ride is expected to generate.

According to the report, traffic through the nearby villages of Alton and Farley could increase by 5.5 percent during the summer 2013 season. Although it erroneously refers to the new ride as Nemesis Sub-Terra (which is actually due to open later in March 2012), it claims that this will result in a further 234 vehicles per day passing through the villages.

Planners have recommended approval for the SW7 roller coaster, which will pack at least 8 inversions and 2 lift hills into its compact circuit. Work to install the coaster and the surrounding theming elements is expected to begin during the 2012 season, with the ride set to be located on the former site of the Black Hole roller coaster in the X-Sector area of the park.

The new coaster is expected to be the most expensive attraction ever installed by Alton Towers, with its rumoured £20 million budget topping the £15 million spent on installing Thirteen in 2010. It will be surrounded by a number of futuristic-styled structures, as revealed in the park's concept art of SW7's theming.

For more details of Alton Towers' new addition for 2013, see Theme Park Tourist's detailed breakdown of the SW7 plans.

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