A huge crane can be seen towering over Blackpool’s Promenade as the famous Big One is currently having more than 100 metres of new track installed. In all 103m of steel track, weighing 23 tonnes, will be replaced using the giant crane which has been fixed to the Promenade.
The bespoke track (pictured below) has been manufactured by Chorley-based Taziker who have been working with the attraction on projects since 2019.
Andy Hygate, Director of Operations, said ‘The things that we’re doing now are ensuring that this ride is here for people to enjoy for another 25 years. When you drive into Blackpool you see the Tower obviously and you see the Big One. It’s still the tallest rollercoaster in the UK and it’s actually just reclaimed the crown of the longest rollercoaster in Europe.’ Andy added that the work was set to completed for the Pleasure Beach’s reopening on 18 March.
The rollercoaster was the tallest and steepest ride of its kind when it opened in 1994 at 235ft (72m).