I don't understand how the SBNO status of these 2 rides could be a significant budget cut to a park like AT.
At the end of the day, no matter what the price of operating them, they're an attraction for guests!
I can imagine X sector looking even more full of despair than it does now.
Remember when it comes to deciding on where budget cuts take place, for a business such as Alton Towers there will be many aspects of the business that could be cut to save money. Ride operations, staffing, entertainments, operation hours are to name a few. Enterprise and Submission come under 'ride operations'.
Hypothetically speaking, all budget cuts made at Alton so far have only been in departments such as entertainments and marketing, although faced with the hard decision of reviewing 2012s operations and estimates these cuts that have not touched ride operations so far but now the managers are faced with the hard decision of further cutting other theme park operations or extending cuts to ride operations.
Where do they go from there? What rides will need to either cut operations or become SBNO? Say they came to the decision 'we need to close down one or two rides/attractions that will have minimal impact on the guests', the managers choose to close down one or two 'low key' rides. Ones that will not necessarily be remembered vividly when closed down. Do they choose Enterprise and Submission? Or Ripsaw and the Blade? The latter was chosen, why? The SW7 construction fence can extend to these areas, thus two defunct rides will not be fully visible. The area be used to market SW7 at some stage. This is an area that is not of key importance in 2012. In 2012 they want the focus on Forbidden Valley, so the closure of these rides will not be noticed.
It saves money on the budget cuts as a whole
(remember cuts are made across the theme park operations). It will not be noticed highly by guests and will make a very minimal impact on a guests' experience.
Try not to take too much truth into my post, I could be way off the mark - I'm thinking realistic here of possibly how Alton/Merlin might have gone about this.