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How the ‘Fastest’ Rollercoaster in the UK Closed on the Day it Opened

The UK’s tallest rollercoaster opened to great fanfare last Friday. It’s named after the daughter of a Greek god who is rumored to have built herself steel wings before launching herself off a high mountain.

The engineers at Thorpe Park referred to Hyperia as a “marvel of engineering” because it can reach speeds of 81 mph (130 km/h) and stands at 263 feet (80 meters), which is the height of a high-rise apartment building.

But the ride came to a grinding halt just one day after it gave thrill-seekers a chance to feel as though they were weightless as they hurtled around its 168-foot (51-meter) loop.

Although Thorpe Park has not been able to confirm that it will reopen before June 8th, it stated that a temporary closure followed “standard technical pre-opening procedure checks.

Along with being a blow to the theme park and its owners, Merlin Entertainments, the closure of the ride, which Thorpe Park claims is the fastest and tallest in the UK, is said to have cost £18 million. Coaster enthusiasts have been anticipating the ride’s opening since it was announced almost three years ago.

“There hasn’t been a new rollercoaster at Thorpe Park in 12 years,” stated Bee Moore, a Camberley, Surrey, college student who has an annual pass and visits the park twice a month.

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