Construction starts on ArcelorMittal Orbit slide

The slide is lifted into place

The slide is lifted into place - Credit: LLDC

If you want to take a ride on the world’s longest tunnel slide, you haven’t got too much longer to wait.

The first pieces of the slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit have been lifted into place by a team of specialist abseilers.

Once complete, it will measure 178m and circle Sir Anish Kapoor’s sculpture 12 times.

Silders are expected to reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour during the 40 second trip.

The Slide was created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

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The slide has been described as a collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists and a major new art installation for London.

Speaking in February, the London Legacy Development Corporation’s chief executive, David Goldstone, described the £3.5million slide as a “pretty significant new addition to the park”.

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“We are really excited about the impact this will have on people coming,” he said.

“What we’re talking about here is the world’s longest enclosed slide.”

The side is due to open early this summer, with tickets going on sale in the next few weeks.

Tickets are set to cost £5 on top of the Orbit admission fee.

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