UKs biggest rollercoaster breaks down as riders have to walk down in high winds

The biggest rollercoaster in the UK broke down this week with petrified thrill-seekers forced to walk down off it.

The Big One at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach fell victim to severe weather conditions brought by Storm Noa on Tuesday (April 11) when wind speeds of around 90mph were recorded in some parts of the country.

The £12million ride ground to a halt at 2.50pm, after which those onboard had to make the precarious journey down the ride themselves, reports the Mirror.

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People watched on in horror as staff members guided the punters to safety.

Once they were back down the lift hill, the iconic ride was closed for the remainder of the day due to high winds.

A photo taken by an onlooker shows a line of people making their way down the narrow steps.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: "At 2.50pm on Tuesday 11th April, Blackpool Pleasure Beach stopped the Big One train on the ride’s lift hill due to sudden changes in weather conditions.

"Guests on the ride were reassured and escorted from the ride by Blackpool Pleasure Beach staff. Due to high gusts of wind the Big One rollercoaster closed for the remainder of the day."

The Big One – formerly known as the Pepsi Max Big One – is 235ft high and first opened to the public in 1994.

In May last year it broke down for around 20 minutes, with drone footage showing staff climbing the steps of the lift hill to reassure passengers.

The ride was then able to restart and came back down to the station.

Riders were also left stranded for 10 minutes in an incident last September.

When it was first constructed, the ride was the tallest and steepest in the world, with a drop angle of 65 degrees.

It held that title until 1996 when Fujiyama opened in Japan.

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