27 September 2016

Merlin Attractions Operations fined £5 Million for The Smiler Incident

2021-02-07T16:35:00+00:0027th September 2016|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

The operating company of Alton Towers Resort, Merlin Attractions Operations Limited, have today been given a £5 million fine in relation to the incident on The Smiler which occurred on 2nd June 2016. Following a two day hearing at Stafford Crown Court, Judge Michael Chambers QC described how there was [...]

26 September 2016

Sentencing Hearing Commences for The Smiler Incident

2021-02-07T16:36:10+00:0026th September 2016|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited, the company which operate Alton Towers Resort, have today been in court as the two day sentencing hearing for the incident on The Smiler, which occurred on 2nd June 2015, commenced at Stafford Crown Court. During the first day of the hearing Bernard Thorogood, prosecuting barrister [...]

22 April 2016

Merlin Attractions Operations Plead Guilty to Health and Safety Breaches

2021-02-07T16:39:04+00:0022nd April 2016|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, the company responsible for operating Alton Towers Resort, have today pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act in relation to The Smiler incident which occurred in June last year (2015). During a hearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) [...]

25 February 2016

HSE to Prosecute Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd For The Smiler Incident

2021-02-07T16:41:37+00:0025th February 2016|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

The Health and Safety Executive have announced today that they are to prosecute Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, the division of Merlin Entertainments which is responsible for the operation of Alton Towers Resort, over the incident on The Smiler on 2nd June 2015. In a statement released this morning, the Health [...]

24 November 2015

Alton Towers Resort Confirm ‘Human Error’ as Cause of The Smiler Incident

2021-02-07T16:45:47+00:0024th November 2015|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

Alton Towers Resort has today confirmed that it has concluded its investigation into the incident which occurred on The Smiler on 2nd June, confirming that the incident was the result of human error and that the rollercoaster will re-open in 2016. In a statement released by the Resort it was [...]

8 June 2015

Alton Towers Re-Opens For First Time Following The Smiler Incident

2021-02-07T17:01:49+00:008th June 2015|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

Alton Towers Resort has today re-opened its theme park, six days after the ‘dreadful incident’ which occurred on The Smiler last Tuesday.A number of changes have taken place around the park, with the most obvious being the closure of X-Sector to allow for the investigations to continue, and Sonic Spinball [...]

4 March 2013

The Smiler: Inversion World Record

2013-05-05T16:57:11+01:004th March 2013|Alton Towers Resort, The Smiler|

Ever since the announcement of The Smiler, members of the TowersTimes Forum have been speculating as to the meaning of the taglines 'World First' and 'World Beating' used when advertising this years major new rollercoaster. Back in October 2012, TowersTimes received information which led us to believe the ride would be going for [...]