35 metre Thunderbolt to hit Southport Pleasure Beach at 90 km per hour

Southport Pleasure Beach application Thunderbolt ride
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Southport Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new 35 metre roller coaster to be installed along Marine Drive, offering visitors “spectacular views” of the Lancashire coast.


The owner of Southport Pleasure Beach has submitted plans for a new 35 metre roller coaster to Sefton Council, with the 90-km-perhour ride set to be installed along Marine Drive.

Supreme Attractions stated the new Thunderbolt coaster will offer “spectacular views” along the Lancashire coast, and create six new jobs at the heritage amusement park.

“The proposed plot is an underused area of Southport Pleasureland and will provide a significant new attraction for the amusement park,” said the submission.

“The location is within the Pleasureland site and will allow spectacular views out to the beach to the west and to the east towards Pleasureland, the Marine Lake and Southport town centre. Pleasureland Amusement Park has been in existence since 1913 and has a long history and a wide variety of amusement park rides.”

The plans, drawn up by local firm RAL Architects, offer provisional imagery of the ride – designed to occupy a plot of land just 260 metres by 15 metres – which proposes a white steel structure supporting an orange painted track, alongside cars in “a variety of colours befitting an amusement park.”

“The opening times will match those of the theme park. Opening hours from 10am till 12am midnight and will require six new full-time employees providing ride operators and engineers.”

Though the significant height of Thunderbolt necessitates planning permission from the local authority, the ride would not be located in a Conservation Area or adjacent to any protected buildings, with Sefton planners expected to look favourably on the attraction’s potential boost to the tourist appeal of the seaside resort.

The proposal comes weeks after Supreme Attractions owner Norman Wallis submitted plans to the council for a new 35 metre observation wheel to be installed adjacent to Marine Lake.

“Pleasureland Amusement Park has been contributing significantly to Southport’s reputation and leisure offer since 1913 and brings more visitors to Southport than any other leisure offer.”

“This new ride will enhance the offer and improve the reputation of Pleasureland helping to draw further visitors to the town. It is located within the grounds of the amusement park and the principle of the attraction is therefore established.”

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