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Not sure quite how they can afford this but a new expansion and new coaster seems to be coming to M&D's in Scotland.
M&D’s theme park gets green light for huge £3m expansion including new roller coaster and pirate play area
Bosses banking on new ride and larger hotel to pull in punters while all-weather dome could host large events including car rallies and Highland Games
By Richard Pidgeon
13th September 2018, 4:46 pm
Updated: 13th September 2018, 5:40 pm
THEME park bosses have been given the go-ahead for a huge expansion at M&D’s.
Around 90 new jobs will be created and £3million will be splashed on an all-weather dome, additional events space and a major new ride.
The Alona Hotel will be expanded with 37 extra rooms, plus a new spa and treatment room area for pampering sessions.
Matthew Taylor, Director at M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park, revealed that the upgrade will allow the park to host large-scale events such as car rallies, steam fairs and Highland Games.
Speaking after getting the green light from North Lanarkshire Council, he said: “We are delighted that our plans have been approved.
“Our vision to extend includes an investment of around £3million which will include upgrades to The Alona Hotel, creating a bespoke events area and an all-weather dome.”
Artist’s drawing shows new rollercoaster and pirate-themed area
He continued: “We will also add a new ride and further landscaping to ensure that our plans are in keeping with týhe surrounding Strathclyde Country Park.
“In recent years we have seen more and more visitors coming from Northern Ireland and the North of England. We are confident that our plans will attract visitors from even further afield.
As one of Lanarkshire’s biggest employers, our plans would also include creating an additional 90 full and part time permanent jobs helping to boost the local economy even further. We hope to start work early next year.”
M&D’s made headlines in May when it celebrated the Royal wedding by inviting anyone with the same name as the Prince and his bride-to-be to visit the theme park free of charge.
As part of the new expansion plan, an as yet unnamed new ride will join popular attractions including glow-in-the-dark ten pin bowling at Cosmic Bowl, Devil’s Island Golf and Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest, Amazonia