Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and more theme parks close major rides
After the accident at Alton Towers, two major rides are being closed "for the foreseeable future" at both Alton Towers and Thorpe Park.
The Smiler, which saw four people with "significant lower limb injuries" is going to stay closed and will remain shut, even when Alton Towers reopens to the public.
Over at Thorpe Park, the Saw rollercoaster will be closed indefinitely. At Chessington World of Adventures, Dragon's Fury and Rattlesnake will also be out of service. Also at Thorpe Park, Colossus and Stealth have been closed for "unrelated" reasons.
Merlin Entertainments is losing £500,000
Merlin Entertainments, which runs both theme parks, has said "an additional set of safety protocols and procedures will reinforce the safe operation of our multi-car rollercoasters".
Alton Towers say, regarding refunds and such: "All guests with pre-booked tickets, or those who arrive at the theme park, will have the choice of either having their tickets revalidated for an alternative date or a full refund. We will be posting all updates on the theme park closure on both our website and social media channels."
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