Thorpe Park won't reopen 'UK's fastest rollercoaster' as hoped after it broke on first day

Hyperia in Thorpe Park opened briefly on May 26 before it shut
-Credit: (Image: Thorpe Park)

Thorpe Park has not confirmed when the 'UK's fastest rollercoaster' will reopen after it broke down on its first day. Hyperia, which is the latest addition to the Surrey theme park, is claimed to be the country's biggest, at 236ft, and speediest, with a top speed of 81mph.

It opened to the public on May 26, but a day later the park's management said the ride had been shut "due to unforeseen circumstances". Despite the setback Hyperia was set to reopen on Saturday, June 8 - but this date has sadly been postponed.

Confirming the news on X, formerly Twitter, a Thorpe Park spokesperson said: "Understandably, many of you have been eagerly anticipating further updates and fairly assumed that the 8th June would be the re-opening day for the ride. However, unfortunately that is not going to be possible. We are really sorry for the ongoing disappointment we know this will cause.

READ MORE: Hampton Court Palace Festival tickets, headliners and VIP extras you can still get

"Rest assured, the teams involved are working very hard to get our Golden Goddess back up and running as soon as they possibly can - in fact you'll soon see trains running around the track. As always we will continue to ensure the latest updates are provided via our socials and website as soon as we have news to share.

"We have received amazing support from so many people and want to thank everyone for their understanding and patience."

Park management then told customers it cannot commit to a re-opening date, but said this would come in the next update. Any fans who would like to reschedule their tickets have been told to get in touch with the theme park.

Though it is not clear what the issue with the ride is, a theme park fan shared a photo that appears to show engineers working at the top of the ride. The account ThorpeParkMania wrote on X: "Engineers can be seen working at the very top of Hyperia - hopefully not too long till we can find our fearless once again."

Another account shared a photo of engineers at the bottom of the ride, and said: "Hyperia remains closed with engineers inspecting the base of the lift hill and the drive wheels."

Stay up to date with London's most exciting events, newest restaurants and latest deals with our What's On newsletter, Going Out Out. You can sign up HERE.