Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach breaks down with riders at top in baking heat

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Brief stoppage of Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach due to a suspected small technical fault

The brief stoppage on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The brief stoppage on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Submitted)

Riders of the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach were briefly stuck at the top of the first climb in the baking heat this afternoon (June 1).

With clear blue skies and temperatures at 24C, riders briefly faced the prospect of having to climb down the 213ft from the tallest drop – as we saw happen in at the end of April.

Fortunately for those on the ride, the delay at the top of the coaster was around five minutes after staff scaled the ride themselves and were able to resolve the issue.

One witness told LancsLive: “It looked like they were going to have to head all the way down like they did a couple of months back. Fortunately two staff climbed up, flicked something and got it going again.”

The incident in April saw one person film themselves climbing down after the breakdown due to a suspect technical fault. Technical faults on rollercoasters are not an unusual occurrence. If riders are forced to get off the rollercoaster, they are escorted down by staff.

When the £12m ride, formerly known as the Pepsi Max, opened in 1994, it was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened on April 12 as part of the easing of lockdown measures.