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Alton Towers announced the closure of its Nemesis roller coaster in November.
Nemesis has been a favorite among thrill seekers since it opened in 1994, with riders experiencing speeds of 50 mph and a force of 3.5G, all around an inverted track of “about 250 tons of steel tangled”.
However, in a shocking social media post today, the theme park announced that Nemesis will be closing on November 6.
The brief announcement reads: “By order of the Phalanx. Firm nemesis.
“You have until November 6 to roll.”
Alton Towers fans were appalled by the announcement, with many expressing shock and outrage at the unexpected closure.
One person commented: “Noooo [sic] it’s the only race I can handle that goes upside down…I’m glad I was there that year.
Another recalled: “Best ride there… This ride was the first roller coaster I’ve ever done and I felt I had overcome my fear of fast rides.”
However, thrill seekers need not worry too much because, according to Lap times – a community for theme park fans – Nemesis will make a comeback in 2024.
Lap times claims that in January, Alton Towers submitted an application to confirm the legality of maintenance work at Nemesis in an effort to increase the life of the roller coaster.
The application proposed the replacement of the majority of the roller coaster’s track sections, including eighty-nine of the 117 supports, as well as work to reinforce and improve the foundations.
While no schedule for maintenance work has been released, the app says it expects the work to be completed in time for the 2024 season, when the ride will be thirty years old.
Therefore, the ride will be closed throughout 2023 and towards the end of the 2022 season to allow maintenance work to begin.