Friday 30 September 2016

Thrill-seekers to flock to world's 'longest and tallest tunnel slide' in London

Published 30/07/2015 | 13:25

The 178-metre slide will transport adrenaline-seekers down
The 178-metre slide will transport adrenaline-seekers down "12 twists and turns" from a 76m high platform on the structure. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

The world's "longest and tallest tunnel slide" will open at the Orbit in the Olympic Park, after planning permission was granted.

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The 178 metre slide will transport adrenaline-seekers down "12 twists and turns" from a 76m high platform on the structure.

Visitors will reach speeds of 15mph during the 40 second descent.

Peter Tudor, director of visitor services at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park told LBC Radio that riders "will be going at about six metres a second".

He added that the slide was "amazing" and would cost around £5 per go.

The Orbit, created by Turner-prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor, was the winning entry of a competition to design an accessible centre-piece for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The red steel looped tower stands at 114.5 metres and is the UK's tallest sculpture, with a platform offering panoramic views of London.

The application, which was submitted by the London Legacy Development Corporation, was approved by the Legacy Corporation Board's planning committee on Tuesday.

The slide is expected to open in spring 2016.

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