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Will the Petrol Prices keep you away????

Sat May 31, 2008 5:24 pm

Hi I was just wondering if people were actually visiting less now due to the big fuel price increase. :evil: :( :?

It used to cost me £10 in 2002 to visit the towers and crept up to £15 last year. BUT last sat the visit cost me £20 to get me there and back. :( It seems things are also getting a price hike in terms of food at the Towers as the delivery firms are charging more also. So I think that we can see the nice prioce rise on our budgets...

What do you guys think?
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Sat May 31, 2008 5:50 pm

Alton are really going to have to look at starting to improve their public transport connections as the car becomes less and less relevant. The probelm with Alton is that it is so remote and secluded the car is pretty much the only way to get there They need their own railway station or something like that...
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 5:59 pm

i don't drive so public transport the only way to get there but its more easier to get there than thorpe park now that i have tried thorpe park.
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 6:06 pm

It will probably effect the amount of times I visit I guess, but, at the moment at least, will not stop me going all together.

If anything, the higher fuel prices are likely to put me off travelling further afield to the likes of Thorpe Park, (or should that be THORPE PARK??), Chessy etc, and also make me think twice about going to Pleasure Beach Blackpool, were there are the expensive parking fees on top of fuel costs.

Though I do know of a fair few people this year, who had originally planned a day, or weekend at Alton Towers orand Blackpool, but have since decided not to bother. Main reasons being high fuel & parking costs. And these are the same people Alton Towers want to attract, I.e, families.
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Sat May 31, 2008 6:35 pm

Its now costing us about £30 in petrol, which could probally be reduced by driving slower.

Having said that, if we can get 5 people in the car, that works out at £6 per person, which I think is a bargin when you consider it would take double the amount of time, and cost over £30 per person if you use public transport.

Even with just the two of us, its only £15 each, and having AP we only need to take £15 spending money for the day.

I think petrol prices would have to get a lot higher to put us off.

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Sat May 31, 2008 6:52 pm

Methinks huge strikes will be taking place soon due to the idiotism of this Labour government. I'm confident that Petrol prices should decrease once everyone kicks up a fuss about it.

Anyways, from where I am it costs around £60 in Petrol to the Towers and back. Transportation has never been amazingly cheap but now it's starting to go beyond a joke. I'm sure it will put lots of families from visiting, simply because they haven't got the money to visit the Towers. On top of transportation, we have the entrance fee, money for food and souvenirs and other misc. things we have to pay for. A day at the Towers for an average Geordie family could set us back a good £150+.
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 7:07 pm

I only live around 30min away from the park, So its cheaper for me to get a lift by car than to pay for Alton Towers transport.

The PMT transport is quite cheap, though not very reliable.


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Sat May 31, 2008 7:14 pm

I'm not old enough to drive but it has been a habit for me to check the petrol prices whenever I pass teh garage, even when I was a little boy. I asked Dad when the prices will hit a pound, he said that with the relevant ratios another 40 years. How wrong was he...

Alton needs to get PT now! And no coaches!! Can't stand coaches...

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Having said that, if we can get 5 people in the car, that works out at £6 per person, which I think is a bargin when you consider it would take double the amount of time, and cost over £30 per person if you use public transport.


Good luck with that four hour journey. XD
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 7:43 pm

"LiamSAFC" wrote:
Methinks huge strikes will be taking place soon due to the idiotism of this Labour government. I'm confident that Petrol prices should decrease once everyone kicks up a fuss about it.
Why is the fault of the Labour Government?, the Fuel Duty was exactly the same rate under the last Conservitive government and will not change under any future government, and the only way that Petrol Prices will come down is if the price of oil drops, and since China and India are increasing demand for oil as their economies expand high petrol prices are here for the foreseable future.
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 7:46 pm

Well, a 700 miles round trip in my car will cost be a fair bit when I am driving this year.

Thankfully my desil is quite economical and shouldn't eat the fuel too much if I drive at a steady speed.

It just means I will have to find a job :P
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 8:25 pm

It wont bother me till I have to pay for it :P
Cos im not old enough yet.
But i fully understand how much it can bump up someones cost of visiting ALTON TOWERS!!!
(hehe im messin dw :P )



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Sat May 31, 2008 9:07 pm

Obviously I can't drive yet but when I can I'll have to watch how much petrol I use, it's so expensive now. It certainly won't stop me going to AT and I hope to go more when I can drive.

If AT ever feel that petrol prices are putting people off from going then maybe they could scrap the car parking charge, that might encourage people to go. It can be really expensive now for people going for a day out at a theme park with petrol prices, car parking charges, entry prices and all of the thing you buy once in the park, so there's no doubt that some people will be put off by the high prices.
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Sat May 31, 2008 9:41 pm

I'm sure it's not the price of oil prices - it's the price of tax the government put on the fuel. Seen as America get their fuel for about 20p a litre. Something needs to change sooner or later, but you finally realise the government are robbing idiots - I pay a lot for tax at work, pay 17.5% tax on everything I buy, tax on anything.

Although there's the hike of fuel prices, it's the cost of car insurance that puts me off driving anywhere for my age - it's scanless! However i'll still make my way there some way or another :wink:
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 11:43 pm

Its an absolute joke, the inflation on a litre of unleaded in 4 years is 40p, an approximate rise of 10p a litre per year, its costing more and more to fill up and more and more to travel to where you want to go, in the past 9 months we have seen fuel prices shoot from around 93p per litre to 117.9 or more in some areas, its just getting silly now
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:42 am

"Rita 2005""][quote=""LiamSAFC" wrote:
Methinks huge strikes will be taking place soon due to the idiotism of this Labour government. I'm confident that Petrol prices should decrease once everyone kicks up a fuss about it.
Why is the fault of the Labour Government?, the Fuel Duty was exactly the same rate under the last Conservitive government and will not change under any future government, and the only way that Petrol Prices will come down is if the price of oil drops, and since China and India are increasing demand for oil as their economies expand high petrol prices are here for the foreseable future.[/quote]

Thats a fair comment, and I respect it, but why does Labour have to tax so much of it, as well as charging it along side the Road Tax and other crap you have to pay for. To be fair I don't think that the Conservative government EVER charged as much as 1.15p in some counties for as much as a litre of petrol.
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:23 pm

The price of Petrol is definately going to mean a couple less visits this year as the price from Bolton and back is a fair bit dearer than even last year.

Even just going to BPB costs around £11 now :x
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:39 pm

It will certainly make think twice about visiting - it's just over a full tank for me, so I'd guess somewhere in the £55 region for a return trip :shock:
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:08 am

"LiamSAFC" wrote:
Anyways, from where I am it costs around £60 in Petrol to the Towers and back.[/b][/color]


Just got back from Towers about at hour ago, we've been there for the weekend. There were 3 cars and we've all used £70 of petrol to get there and back. The prices are insane, costing too much for us up here and even worse for anyone further North who wants to get to AT.
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:19 am

"PeteB" wrote:
Just got back from Towers about at hour ago, we've been there for the weekend. There were 3 cars and we've all used £70 of petrol to get there and back. The prices are insane, costing too much for us up here and even worse for anyone further North who wants to get to AT.


It cost me exactly the same on my visit a few weeks ago too. Considering I drove down on my own, it certainly isn't a cheap trip anymore :(.

I agree with Vik too about travelling further afield as well. I'm still at Chessie this morning and i've already filled the car with £76 of fuel, and the tank's currently half full meaning probably another £25 to go in on my way home tonight! It wasn't so long ago I could do alton on £45 and London on around £60 ish.
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:53 am

"coastergraham" wrote:
The price of Petrol is definately going to mean a couple less visits this year as the price from Bolton and back is a fair bit dearer than even last year.

Even just going to BPB costs around £11 now :x


£11? I wish I could get away with paying that, costs me about £30 there and back to the PB now.

Costs me about a tenner to get to Alton, which is annoying tbh, as a fiver used to be an ample amount.

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