THE English Riviera Wheel is set to open early for the Easter holidays.
The public will now be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the wheel on Friday 4 April.
Previously it had been scheduled to arrive on April 17.
The wheel, at a height of nearly 60 metres, is taller than Nelson’s Column and provides breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay and proved to be one of the many local highlights of 2012. It will once again be located in Princess Gardens, Torquay.
The wheel, almost completely silent in operation, features the very latest in observation wheel technology and is suitable for all ages. It has 40 enclosed lit gondolas, each of which can carry up to six passengers and can also take wheelchairs.
Torbay’s Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “The wheel offers spectacular views across our beautiful Bay for all to see. It has enhanced the seafront location and bought many people to Torquay to come and enjoy it. We are very pleased to welcome it back and send the message that Torbay is well and truly open for business over the Easter holidays.”
The installation of the wheel will take about one week by ten fully trained and qualified personnel using an inbuilt hydraulic system, and will be transported to Torbay on ten specially adapted trailers.