Blackpool's new Icon rollercoaster meets the Big One


Newly released images of Blackpool Pleasure Beach's new £16.25 million rollercoaster Icon reveal the ride rising to heights of 20 metres before cutting through the lift hill of the world-famous Big One ride.

The behind-the-scenes pictures, taken while the park doors are closed for winter, show where riders will be propelled out of a tunnel, soaring through the Big One structure at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

ICON soars through the lift hill of the Big One rollercoaster
Icon soars through the lift hill of the Big One rollercoaster (Blackpool Pleasure Beach/PA)

Hundreds of tonnes of grey steel track have been hoisted into position since work began in December 2016.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: "This is a key milestone in the build which marks the first in a series of thrilling interactions to guarantee riders a truly exhilarating experience.

"What we've achieved so far is impressive to see and a credit to all involved.

"We're looking forward to visitors getting their very first glimpse of Icon when our doors open on February 10."

Icon will be the UK's first ever double launch rollercoaster, giving adrenalin junkies two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride, and is set to reach heights of 88.5ft, with drops of up to 82ft.