York & North Yorkshire

York big wheel ready to open after weather delays

Construction of the York big wheel has been completed after bad weather delayed construction work.

The 175ft (53m) wheel had been expected to open over the weekend but high winds caused a delay.

Great City Attractions, which operates the wheel in the gardens of the Royal York Hotel, said it would open to the public later on Tuesday.

The wheel, which can carry up to 1,000 passengers an hour, will remain in place until January 2013.

John Lowery, operations manager at Great City Attractions, said the delays had been inevitable given the poor weather.

"The wind obviously slowed us down with the crane work.

"Since then we've also had heavy rain and obviously some minor problems that we've had to solve, as you would on any building site."

A wheel at the National Railway Museum attracted 1.2m visitors between 2006 and 2008.

It has taken the company three years to locate and gain planning approval for a new location in the city.

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