Hello, I'm Martin a huge fan of Alton Towers and Towers Times and I've just joined the forum.
Re: Submission, I'm not surprised it's been removed and I am both glad and sad that it has gone.
Glad because it was a terrible ride latterly (i.e. post 2003/4) due to it being uncomfortable, unpopular and operated badly (1 arm on a poor sequence).
Sad because I think Alton Towers could've and should've made it more comfortable and more intense, thereby increasing its popularity.
What I would've done is replaced the restraints with a more comfortable alternative, similar to the Ripsaw restraints, where there is a relatively softer padding. Then I would've changed the sequence to make both arms operate, at a slightly faster speed and then have 5 360s (3 on very busy days). Then when both arms stop at the top, each of the two arms do a solitary 360, while the other arms hangs in mid air. I think that would have done the trick with popularity.
The last time I went on it was 2005 and after that me and my friends never went on it because it was uncomfortable- especially the front arm (which was used more often than not).
Of course hindsight is a wonderful thing and had Alton Towers known of the problems with Submission beforehand, I think they would've bought a single inverter for UG Land and left Energizer in X Sector, with its popular intense sequence.
I read on the Towers Times news page that the area had just been grassed over and everything has been taken away. It only goes to show how a 30 year old spinning wheel (albeit refurbished) can outlive a 13 years old Chance double inverter. In terms of its replacement I say bring back Energizer (or The Rack from Camelot) or a Pandemonium type ride (i.e. a sister to the Drayton Manor one) or both because I'm sure you could fit both of them around Oblivion, Smiler and Enterprise.