Thinking back, chessington having a major 2017 investment does NOT mean SW8 is delayed, 2013 was a high investment season for both chessington (zufari) and Alton (The Smiler) I'm sure plans have been made, but are,just being revised. This is just speculation, not truth. I think if burger kitchen and The blade are still there in 2016, then SW8 will have been delayed, but if any removals are made in forbidden valley then it would be delayed. (Still think it's going prospect tower restoration is a way to ease the chances it gets permission I think.) if it doesn't go ahead and there is no thrill ride in the next 2 years, then it will have been 5 years since the last thrill ride. There is nothing to draw thrill seekers in the last 2 years, it can't go 5 years without a new thrill ride, yes the older rides may be the best, but people have already ridden them, the GP come to go on the big new shiny thrill ride, which at the moment they can't, because the newest is closed, and the 2nd newest is 5 years old. Alton has invested again, and again in thrill rides every few years, it is unusual for a park in this country, but Thorpe have been doing the same, Thorpe and Alton have been installing rides so often, people expect them to get a new ride every year and when they don't people moan, but when they do they end up flopping and not being at a high standard (see I'm a Celebrity) if you look at parks like Blackpool, they can afford to not keep investing, because people are used to it, but Alton can't afford to go so long without investment. There NEEDs to be a new thrill ride in the next few years.