Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Icon rollercoaster open

Ride ICON, the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster. The 1143 meter long rollercoaster passes several other rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach catapulting the riders with more than 4 G into their seats. With more than 80 km/h the train climbs to a height of 27 meters before plunging back down. The 80-second ride begins on the level, with acceleration equivalent to a Formula 1 racing car – reaching over 50mph in 2.25 seconds. Passengers race through a cloud of artificial fog and then start a steep climb followed by a precipitous descent.

The Thompson family, which owns Blackpool Pleasure beach, hope that Icon will re-energise the resort. The managing director, Amanda Thompson, calls it “a game changer”, adding: “We wanted to bring thrill-seekers back to the resort.”