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Dark Forest Skyride Station Reopens Following Fire

Wednesday 10th March 2010
After closing due to a large fire that destroyed the old Skyride station in The Dark forest the whole system has had an overhaul during the closed season and the burnt down station has been rebuilt better than ever! Gone are the horrible old skyirde pods and new colour Poma pods have been installed on the circuit. These new Skyride cars are a vast improvement on the old ones. 

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New Foundations For Skyride Station Poured

Monday 19th October 2009
The Skyride station has now been removed and new foundations look to have been poured ready for a new station building to be constructed during the closed season. It is expected that during this time the whole Skyride system could be overhauled with new cars and control systems.

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Removal Of Skyride Station Continues

Wednesday 12th August 2009
Work removing the burnt down Skyride stations continues at Alton Towers, with the structure completely burnt out and unsafe. 

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Work On Removing Sky Ride Station Begins

Wednesday 29th July 2009
Heavy machinery can be seen in the Skyride station at Cred Street, this is probably being used to remove large elements of the burnt down station. 

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Damage Of Skyride Fire Now Clear

Wednesday 22nd July 2009
The damage of the Skyride Fire at Cred Street is now visible at Alton Towers. All of the damaged walls and dangerous structures have been removed leaving just a shell of the building left. We expect that over the next few weeks the station will be taken down and rebuilt over the closed season. 

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Alton Towers Skyride On Fire

Tuesday 21st July 2009
Firefighters were called to tackle flames at the Cloud Cuckoo Land cable car station on the Skyride. 

Six fire engines were sent to the Staffordshire attraction at 2230 BST on Tuesday and the fire was brought under control about four hours later. 

The ride was closed at the time and no one was injured. Alton Towers said the ride would not reopen "for the foreseeable future". 

In a statement, it said there were no employees or guests present at the time of the blaze and it was "brought under control quickly" by the fire service and park team. 

It added the theme park was open, but some areas would have to be fenced off while the fire service investigated the cause. 

Assistant area commander Andy Kinsman, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We don't believe at this stage there's anything untoward with the start of the fire. 

"However, we've got to now look at CCTV footage and look at the procedures for closing down the station that Alton Towers staff go through." 

A cable car base station at the attraction was hit by fire in October 2007. 

Up to 50 firefighters were called on that occasion and it took crews most of the night to put it out.

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