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roller coaster
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Status Under construction, planned to open Spring 2018
Cost £15million (stated in plans)
Replaced The Flume
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Silent magnetic lift system
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SW8 is a wooden roller coaster currently under construction at Alton Towers. It will open in 2018 and will be manufactured by Great Coasters International, as confirmed in the planning application. It will also be the sixth in the Secret Weapon line at Alton Towers. The Secret Weapon line is a line of roller coasters at Alton Towers emblazoned with the Secret Weapon code name during development. This line started with SW3 (Nemesis) and has been emblazoned onto all of Alton Towers' major thrill coasters, apart from Rita, ever since.


On October 10, 2015, The Flume closed in order to make way for SW8 (although it was not known that SW8 would be replacing The Flume at this time).

In March 2016, Alton Towers began teasing the ride through its Towers Loving Care Twitter page.

On May 31, 2016, Alton Towers filed for planning permission to build SW8 on the site of The Flume. The plans revealed that the ride would be a wooden roller coaster, and sound comparisons hinted at the ride being manufactured by Great Coasters International. The application was approved on August 24, 2016.

In December 2016, construction on the ride began with the demolition of The Flume.


SW8 will be manufactured by Great Coasters International. According to the plans, it will feature many sound tunnels and will be built on the site of the park's log flume, which closed in October 2015.


12 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.

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    SW8 on the Roller Coaster DataBase.