So with testing seeming to be at a stand still now, now there are vast numbers on park lets move the discussion back over to the supports in the staffordshire knot being numbered. The image below, ignore the red line, but pretty much every support from the yellow arrow upwards of that photo has been marked.
Now discussions over at TS have suggested possible re-profiling of this section of track. They've clearly been marked for a reason, I also think this as well. If I was Merlin personally I would invest more in it, alter the track to speed it up so that no amount of general wind (15-30mph) would be of any concern for the future operation of the ride. Obviously on rare occasions we could be battered with 50-60mph winds but in that circumstance operation will probably be halted anyway.
Now you could argue that this isn't the issue at all, some people said with a full train it comfortably goes through that section but we have to think about the future of the ride now. Merlin I'm sure would want this to stay for as long as possible as lets face it, its a crowd pleaser. If people can queue for 2-3 hours and say it was worth it then its probably worth making sure it has a long future ahead of it.
And from the above picture you can clearly see from a birds eye view if they really wanted to there is room to drop the inversion lower, sure it won't look as symmetrical and lovely but it'd help speed it up through and out of the inversion.