Ireland’s largest theme park Tayto Park has secured planning permission to build a new €14 million coaster.
Currently called “Coaster 2021” in official planning documents, the ride will help projected visitor numbers to Tayto Park increase by 15% to 725,000 in 2023.
Tayto Park is aiming to build the attraction next year and to open it to the public in 2021. Meath County Council has given the green light to the project attaching 26 conditions to its decision.
The rollercoaster will be the same height as the park’s existing 32-metre high wodden ride, Cú Chulainn, but will be 400 metres longer.
The council gave the plan the go-ahead in spite of several objections from locals.
A 189-page environmental impact statement (EIS) lodged with the planning application outlines the need for Coaster 2021 for the future of Tayto Park.
It states that if the Tayto Park operators do not add a major attraction at this time, “the longer-term viability of the park would be brought into question”.
It adds that international experience relating to theme parks illustrated that the introduction of new attractions was required to maintain and strengthen market position and customer interest.
“There is a need to add new attractions every two to three years to maintain visitor numbers.”
Giving a breakdown of visitor numbers to Tayto Park, the EIS states that 33 per cent are from Dublin, 27 per cent from Northern Ireland, 16 per cent from Meath and 2 per cent from Britain.
In 2017, Tayto Park recorded an 8 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to €3.65 million as revenues increased by 5 per cent to €17.53 million – or an average of €92,770 a day for each of the 189 days Tayto Park was open 2017.