Based on the above poll, a lot of people were suggesting The Flume site for a possible location, has anyone changed their mind after the knowledge that blade will be going was revealed? Or do those that voted Flume still think that?
There are no signs of the flumes removal or any significant clearing around the flume site. This suggests a development will not be arriving in replacement of the flume anytime in the near future. Despite this, a large area of trees has been cleared close to Forbidden Valley and the Blade is earmarked for imminent removal. This shows that Alton Towers are clearing space for an attraction which is likely to be SW8 and therefore I believe that Forbidden Valley is a likely candidate for the site of SW8.
Tree clearing in Forbidden Valley has been confirmed to have no link to the development of any new attraction and is simply to stop the spread of a fungus which is killing tree's.
There are markings in forbidden valley, most likely for SW8, across from the blade and the edges well, and tree clearing by the markings as well as by sub terra, and in the dark forest, as well as a screening application, which means it is likely to be something big, possibly slightly exceeding tree level as The Smiler didnt require a screening application because the station and nothing else needed planning, plus two rides in that area, screening is normally an year before the construction, thorpe ride is 2016, construction of a coaster takes around one year, two rides in forbidden valley are earmarked for removal near the markers for early development, I think all signs point towards a wooden coaster with almost 200 ft drops if not more in the valley, and slightly exceeding tree level so tree removal could be for both the infections AND development