Thorpe Park car park charges
have changed again.
The prices are now:
£8 online in advance.
£10 at the Island Ticket Centre, Admissions, or Fastrack Outpost.
£15 at the gate, contactless payments only.
Free for VIP and Premium Merlin Pass holders.
The FAQ on this is an entertaining read. Essentially blaming the customers for all issues surrounding parking, parking charges and delays on leaving. Not that their system is terrible.
Our online car parking price is £8. This is our cheapest price and we recommend booking online in advance, you can do that here. If you choose to pay on the day at the Island Ticket Centre, Admissions or the Fastrack Outpost, you will be charged £10.
We operate a barrier system on exit, please be considerate of our other guests and ensure you have your ticket ready to be scanned when leaving.
If you choose not to purchase your car parking ticket before the barriers, you will be charged £15. We accept contactless payments only at the barriers.
Can't see them only accepting contactless payments at an incredibly inflated rate causing any issues at the gates in the next few weeks...
Edit: So they had issues that very evening. Reportedly a 90-120 minute queue to leave the car park, which led to the usual cacophony of car horns. Responses from Thorpe that I've seen have included blaming customers for the delays and that the barriers make no difference to the grid lock getting out. Now they're suggesting they're looking at changes for next season.
Here's the thing though: there are 4 gates, with each taking about a minimum of 30 seconds per car if the scanners are being used. That's roughly a maximum of 480 cars an hour, assuming everyone has paid. Compare that with no artificial delay and a roundabout that will have little to no other traffic at 10pm at night, with 1 lane going left to the M25 at 40mph and two lanes going right to the M25 at 50mph. I suspect the highways agency designed it with the intention to handle far more than 480 cars an hour, otherwise it would be backed up for miles every morning with park traffic arriving, which strangely it isn't ever. Very peculiar that when the majority of cars arrive in the hour between 9:30 and 10:30 the roads all manage, yet it would be impossible for them to handle the same volume of traffic at the end of the day.