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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:19 pm

The cheapest thing in the long run would be a covered walkway with travellators. For the most part it would just require sacrificing a couple of spaces in each row. Big initial cost but tiny ongoing costs compared to the monorail or operating 3-4 trams continuously and in the summer months you could get a few stalls out selling refreshments. 

The biggest problem with travellators would be that there would be a far bigger rush of people leaving the car park at once rather than it being spread out over an hour or so.

Can't really see a citywalk style plaza of expensive themed restaurants working given the seasonal nature of the park and the majority of visitors having hours of driving ahead of them when leaving (that said, a coffee shop and fast food outlet would probably get full at closing time and they could charge service station level prices).
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:48 pm

Pictures from TowersStreet appear to show that the monorail is having new evacuation walkways installed... I wonder if this is part of the TLC program? It must mean that the resort DO plan on keeping the monorail, at least for the foreseeable future!
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:36 pm

In regards to what Robert.W was saying about new evacuation walkways (Credit to TowersStreet)

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I've never seen the Monorail breakdown before and need to be evacuated, but at least they are forward thinking for the future if this ever happened. This would make the process a lot easier to do.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:44 pm

Definitely, as I do remember reading one particularly bad article about a monorail breakdown some time ago, claiming that people were trapped for hours and were dehydrated, so it's good the resort are taking steps to prevent these things happening, especially as the monorail could become increasingly unreliable in its old age.
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:23 am

Hopefully, with the installation of new evacuation platforms, this shows Alton are committed to keep this much needed transport system in place for many years to come. Hopefully, they will invest in the system as a whole.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:33 am

I agree, the Monorail is integral to the Alton Towers experience, however, I do feel it's a shame that the windows look like a microwave.

For people coming to the park for the first time, it could be such a better introduction to the park, taking them through the different areas they will encounter throughout the day. Also, it would be great for people exiting the theme park as they would be able recap on their day on the park, while viewing the park from above. Hopefully Merlin know this and the new evacuation platforms are a sign that the trains are being given some attention. Maybe we can expect to actually have some decent views of the park from the Monorail in the 2018 season. I personally think it's a real possibility.
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:24 pm

Hopefully they change the windows because one of my favourite parts of the monorail is going over Forbidden valley and seeing the Nemesis monster in full and Galactica. 

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