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NEW COASTER FOR ALTON TOWERS TO OPEN IN MARCH 2013

Work continues on the site of the newest roller coaster at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. Park officials hope that it will become as iconic as the existing Air, Nemesis and Oblivion roller coasters.

The $29 million coaster, code-named "Secret Weapon Seven," will be 3,383 feet long and have a top speed of 52 mph. Its highest drop will be 98 feet, and the coaster will feature a world's-first element, which will be revealed at a later date.

Project designer Ben Dowson, who works for Merlin Magic Makers, said, "It is the biggest roller coaster we have ever done at Alton Towers and it is not for the faint-hearted."

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