Surely, Merlin need to look at some other form of cross-park transport? Has the Skyride had its day? This is the third time in five seasons that the Skyride has suffered extensive downtime, so maybe Merlin do need to look at possible replacements for the Skyride...
And none of the those downtimes could have been avoided. Both fires were accidental, and had nothing to do with the capability, age or safety of the ride. As with anything, it can only lasts so long. Once the cable is replaced it will be back up and running as reliably as ever.
In the grand scheme of things, this is no different to Nemesis having it's wheels replaced, or some of it's supports re-footed. Or Oblivion having its restraints replaced. Did you cry out for their closure and replacement then?