Nemesis, Alton Towers

UPDATE January 6 - Nemesis at Alton Towers closed on November 6 and isn't expected to reopen until Spring 2024 as it undergoes its major track replacement. There was excitement online at the the start of January as TowersTimes posted photos of black B&M track at Clermont Steel Fabricators in Ohio.

Now, before anyone panics there could be a number of explanations:

  1. This black track could be for another B&M roller coaster which has not been announced yet
  2. It could be a base primer and the original grey colour will be added over the top

There has, however, inevitably been speculation that Nemesis is getting a new black track. It has been implied that there could be some changes seen in the extensive overhaul of Nemesis and we assume therefore that the track colour could be one of the changes. But there has not been anything officially confirmed or denied regarding the track colour and we will keep you updated on further details as and when they are announced. 

We asked you whether you wanted original grey or new black and so far the results could be seen as somewhat surprising. Currently here are the results:

  • Original grey - 33%
  • New black - 67%

We are quite surprised by these results as was expecting the majority of Nemesis fans to want to see the original and iconic grey track returning. Do you think Nemesis should have a black track? Let us know by voting in our poll below or leaving us a comment. 

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October 24 - It was announced back at the end of September, that November 6 would be the last day that Nemesis fans would get to ride this iconic coaster before it closes for its extensive track replacement. Well, Alton Towers has just announced a competition for 14 riders to get the chance to take part in the last-to-ride event.

14 winners or as they are known to The Phalanx; specimens will be selected at random. "Each winner will receive a VIP Alton Towers Theme Park experience for up to 2 people on November 6th including 1-day complimentary access to Alton Towers Theme Park (including access to the Fireworks), with 1-day Gold Fastrack Pass and meet and greet with Nemesis creator John Wardley, plus souvenir goodie bag, as well as being a last rider experience Nemesis before closing to the public. Valid on the 6th November 2022 only. Prizes do not include travel to or from Alton Towers Resort." For further details and to enter, visit the Alton Towers website.

Nemesis closing, Alton Towers
Image: Alton Towers

September 21 - Alton Towers has just confirmed on their official Facebook page the closing date for the legendary Nemesis roller coaster. Nemesis will close on 6th November, 2022 which marks the end of Alton Tower's 2022 season. 

This closure is so that Nemesis can undergo a major overhaul which will see majority of the current track being replaced. There hasn't been a reopening date given as of yet but we are expecting the start of 2024 which will mark Nemesis' 30th birthday year! We will keep you posted on further details regarding the extensive refurbishment of Nemesis on our news and Facebook page.

But if you want to have the chance to ride Nemesis before its closure you need to make sure you visit Alton Towers by 6th November, 2022!

Nemesis, Alton Towers
Image: Alton Towers

September 8 - Nemesis fans have been eagerly awaiting news of when the legendary coaster will be closed for its complete track rebuild which was confirmed after a permit was filed back in January 2022. 

Alton Towers fans are speculating the closure of Nemesis for the whole of the 2023 season in order for this extensive project to be carried out, meaning it would return to celebrate its 30th birthday in 2024. This has also been rumoured on Screamscape this week. No official announcement has currently been made by Alton Towers regarding the closure of Nemesis but we will keep you posted with further details when we get them on our news and Facebook page.

Jaunary 26 - Nemesis is one of Alton Towers most popular rides. The B&M roller coaster which opened in 1994 is an iconic attraction at the top UK theme park and is much loved by Alton Towers fans.

There have been rumors in the last couple of years that Nemesis may be in for a much needed overhaul and it has now come to our attention that Alton Towers put in an application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on January 21, 2021 for major work on this rollercoaster.

The application seems to involve the replacement of majority of the track with only the lift hill and station appearing to be kept intact as well as the supports. The layout is not expected to be changed in any way. 

The likely reason for this as stated by Screamscape is to fill the track piece with sand which is now a common method of making the coaster run quietly. We are also guessing that with its 30 year birthday coming up in 2024 that the track is also in need of replacing due to wear and tear. To see the full application which is listed as having a determination required date as March 18, 2022 visit the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website.

This will be a major overhaul for this beloved B&M coaster which shares similarities to when Universal completely rebuilt the Incredible Hulk Coaster At Islands of Adventure in 2016 which is also a B&M rollercoaster. All fans of Nemesis will be hopeful that this track replacement will enhance the ride experience rather than hinder it.

Nemesis, Alton Towers
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As the planning application has only just been submitted there is still a long way to go for Alton Towers to get full approval and begin the work. We will keep you up to date with developments on this huge project on our News and Facebook page. Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below.


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