My 8th visit of the season and it's the 8th time that Wicker Man has failed to open for ERT.
What's the point of having a ride on ERT if you can't get it open?
This is quite sad. I struggle to believe it's due to it being a new ride anymore, as both its systems and the procedures required for the daily checks should be pretty well sorted and understood by now. Assuming it's not breaking each and every day, my guess would be there's a resources issue on tech services. Either simply not enough of them or they're not able to start early enough to get everything done.
In a separate thought: single rider queues. I really don't buy the Merlin excuse of "guest abuse of the system", when it works at many other parks across the world. But if we take them at their word that too many people were filling the line and they couldn't cope, then they should simply do what Phantasialand does. Watching them operate Taron, they limited the number of people allowed into the single rider queue at any point in time. When the single rider queue got too long, they simply closed it up for a short period until it was cleared.
But of course Phantasialand has a member of staff at the entrance of that ride, whilst Merlin parks now have a QR code to scan for purchasing fast passes in the greeters spot.