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Bear Grylls theme park on collision course with HS2

The new £20m Bear Grylls attraction at the NEC could be forced to partially close after opening because of HS2

Pictured: Bear Grylls

The new £20 million Bear Grylls theme park at the NEC could be forced to partially close shortly after opening because of HS2.

Merlin Entertainments is creating the 8,000 sqm experience in partnership with the adventurer and it will open as a permanent attraction feature at the NEC in 2018.

However, part of the park is directly in the path of a planned HS2 monorail “people mover” link to Birmingham Airport – and attractions might need to be closed while it is constructed.

Both parties remain in discussion. HS2 Ltd expects to begin the 12 month construction of the people mover in 2021.

A statement from HS2 Ltd said: “We have worked closely with the NEC Group and operator Merlin to support the development of the adventure park and to ensure that it can continue to operate in a way that does not compromise the construction and operation of Britain’s new high speed rail network”.

A spokesperson from Merlin said: “We have always been aware of the planned route for HS2 and have consulted with their team throughout the planning process.

“The planned route does not affect our building, and in fact we welcome HS2 as it will bring more visitors and investment to the area.”

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