Valley Mania can confirm that Lightwater Valley's infamous thrill ride, Hornets Nest, is being removed from the theme park after a torrid 2 years of technical problems and reliability issues. The decision comes following a severe breakdown only weeks after the ride's re-opening following a gruelling maintenance program during the closed season.
The latest breakdown came as a crushing blow to Lightwater Valley, after the park spent valuable time and money on trying to get the UK's only Chance Chaos ride open to the public following 2 years of inconsistent and closure.
Mark Bainbridge, General Manager, spoke to Valley Mania and had the following to say; "Hornets Nest was not the best purchase we've made. The ride came with a lot of hidden faults and problems and after sales service from the manufacturers is painfully slow.
"On reflection and because of the aforementioned, I can now add that we have taken the decision early to withdraw Hornet Nest with immediate effect as other serious technical problems have been identified which would require major investment to rectify. Investment we feel could be spent better elsewhere."
Hornets Nest will continue to be removed in the coming days, with the gondolas and main ram already removed from the site. A decision is yet to be made on whether the park will have a new ride in place come 2010.
"Mackem Lad" wrote:
Chance Rides were also left bamboozled when they took a look for themselves following years of patchy and utterly shoddy maintenance work.
However, They were removed 100% from the US parks due to their poor reliability and... preference to fall off their spindles...