UK's tallest rollercoaster shuts after one day

Hyperia, the UK's tallest roller coaster
Hyperia will be shut two days after its official opening [Thorpe Park]

A new rollercoaster, claimed to be the tallest in the UK, has shut one day after it opened to the public.

Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, says Hyperia is the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the country - exceeding 80mph (129kmph).

The ride, which opened on Friday, includes 3,264ft (995m) of track, is 236ft (72m) tall and has the tallest loop in Europe, according to the adventure park.

In statements posted on social media, it said the ride was closed on Saturday and would remain shut until at least 29 May.

The park said initially that "due to unforeseen circumstances", it was unable to open the ride between 26 and 29 May.

It later said it had been unable to open it on Saturday but that the "rest of the resort remains open".

Anyone with pre-booked tickets for Saturday would be eligible for a free return visit, it stated.

Thorpe Park said it would update its ride availability page with the latest information about opening Hyperia after the 29 May.

"We apologise for the disappointment this will cause and we are working hard to reopen Hyperia as soon as possible," it added.

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