British theme park fans will be thrilled with recent news that both Thorpe Park and Alton Towers are set for major developments over the course of the next six years.
Both parks, which are owned and operated by Merlin Entertainment, are set to add a host of new attractions to their line-ups over the course of the next six years, including three new roller coasters.
Alton Towers, Britain’s most popular theme park, is set to add another major attraction to its collection as soon as 2013 in a project dubbed “SW7” or “Secret Weapon 7”, a project title the park has used for a number of major attractions over the years.
Coaster designer John Wardley broke the news at an event discussing various aspects of the park and said the new attraction would primarily be aimed at thrill-seekers as opposed to the more family-orientated Thirteen, which debuted earlier this year.
Meanwhile Thorpe Park has released plans for two new roller coasters which, if they obtain planning permission, will be built in 2012 and 2015.
Although there is little detail of what types of roller coaster will be added it has been revealed that the 2012 and 2015 additions will have maximum heights of 164 feet and 131 feet respectively.
According to reports from Theme Park Tourist the park expects the additions to cost £22.3 million and will result in an increase in attendance of around 3%.
Along with the new roller coaster Thorpe Park also plans to add five new flat rides to its attraction list as a part of its “medium-term development plan” which will also see a significant increase in the number of buildings on site, with planning permission suggesting the park want to add up to 5,000 square meters of addition floor space.
The new flat rides will be no taller than 25 meters in height and will cover no more than 750 square meters of floor space.