In 2004 preparation began for an exciting new project, with rumours from a booster bike to a wooden coaster, but in April 2005 Rita opened as Europe’s first Intamin rocket coaster.

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Clearing work has begun to make way for the new coaster.

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Ug-Land is closed off to the public and looks extremely barren.

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Heavy machinery has been brought in to help with the clearance.

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Here, old Ug-Land theming has been removed and placed by a wall.

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Signs telling the public to keep out of the dangerous work-area.

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The rides are beginning to be dismantled to clear space.

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Clearance work is now well underway. Both the Ug-Bugs and Ug-Swinger have been removed.

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This shot clearly shows that the Ug-Swinger has been completely removed.

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The Ug-Bugs cars removed and being held in temporary storage.

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The old site of the Ug-Bugs has now been reduced to merely a kiosk.

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More items have started to arrive by the wall – also there is a new sign.

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Sign clearly stating “LAUNCH COASTER SITE ENTRANCE”.

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A sign has been erected. Could this suggest the RITA name is staying?

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This space by the wall is now packed with items for the construction.

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Work with the digger has begun near Corkscrew.

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The work continues with heavy machinery.

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Ug Land has been completely fenced off to the public.

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A look at Ug Land from the Skyride station.

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A view from the distance past the Skyride Station.

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The digger continues to excavate, moving further afield.

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The entire of Ug Land has been fenced off – right up to the arch!

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What was Ug Land is now simply a blank canvas, ready for RITA.

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A large clearing can easily be seen from the Skyride.

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What is meant to be concrete has been diluted by the rain.

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The large concrete area from a distance.

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Footers for the new ride are being installed.

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Could this long row of footers be the launch area?

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The area sectioned off is wide. Could this show the size of RITA?

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Another new sign for RITA has been erected.

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An advert for RITA on the Fireworks’ video screen.