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Alton Towers has bowed to pressure from fans and scrapped a decision to cut the operating hours of popular rides including the Air and Thirteen roller coasters.

Fan site Towers Times reports that the cutbacks were only in place for five days before the park returned to the previous set-up. It is the latest in a series of u-turns by the park's management, which has also dropped plans to close the Skyride during off-peak periods and close Enterprise and Submission for the entire 2012 season in recent months.

The reduced operating hours affected a number of major attractions at Alton Towers, including the Air and Thirteen roller coasters, The Flume, Battle Galleons, Congo River Rapids, Skyride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Driving School. Rather than opening alongside the rest of the park at 10am, these rides were scheduled to open an hour later.

The reduced hours for Air and Thirteen, the latter of which only opened in 2010, proved to be particularly controversial with fans of Alton Towers. However, the majority of the affected attractions will now switch back to a 10am opening time, with the exception of the Congo River Rapids and The Flume water rides (both of which have consistently opened later than the park for some time).

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