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Alton Towers To Have Rail Connection In 4 Years

Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:03 pm

Hello,

I found this,

[url=http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/New-rail-link-best-thing-years-Moorlands/article-1421655-detail/article.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/ne ... ticle.html[/url]

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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:06 pm

This is AMAZING news, possibly more significant even than SW6! The opportunities this could create are limitless.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:13 pm

Move to AT Future?

I must say, this is absolutely fantastic news. It's the breath of new life that Alton have needed for years, and will need to break through the barrier of becoming a European resort! If they can get some sort of link where you could get a cheap ticket straight to the park (staying at a brand new hotel of course), from the continent through the Chunnel, directly to the park, it'd be amazing!

It also has the potential to be an incredible entrance to the park. Imagine the possibilities. They could have an absolutely massive car park just outside Stoke, and then old fashioned faux-steam engines to the park in a park-and-ride scheme. Then ALL the car parks could be turned into new park/resort. Also, the sudden massive drop of cars would mean the residents would be much more likely to drop their complaints about height/noise!

Park and ride is the way to go! :D
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:15 pm

"Sam." wrote:
Move to AT Future?


Indeed.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:16 pm

Why use faux steam engines? The CVR is a heritage railway, they run real steam engines (and diesel). It will be amazing turning up to the old alton towers entrance, through alton railway station with the smoke from the engine blowing past! Thats Magic.
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:18 pm

At last!

Ever since I heard the Churnet Valley railway wanted to extend their line, I was wondering how long it would be until they made it to Alton. But to hear it this soon is simply fantastic!

When they finish it, I wonder what kind of services will be offered? Imagine getting off a Diesel Multiple Unit at Stoke and then taking a steam engine to Alton...
Rail and coaster fans shall celebrate :mrgreen:
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:25 pm

Sorry but there is only one appropriate response to this news...



Choo choooo! :D
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:34 pm

Ohhhh yeaaaahhh. lol

This truly is great news for both companies!
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:36 pm

A bit of a let off for Alton - they must be very pleased about this! I think this is great news :D
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:54 pm

This will most certainly help with traffic issues, and will be a massive thing for Alton as they wont pay anything and can turn to the Alton villagers and say "Look, we've got this entire new railway we dont need a relief road."

It can bring a whole new world of visitors, is Altons land connected to gate at the bottom of the valley, next to the train station? (Thats currently a b&b)
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:04 am

This would enhance the infastructure of Alton Towers to a incredible heights. It could be a major leap in the direction of Alton substantiating their brand to that of the rival Resorts in Europe.

With rail connection they could accomodate so many more guests with much less stress on the Alton and Farely villages. So much so, that those 10 year plans could be tweeked to change the planned developements from moderate investment, to extremely large investment.

Win!
 
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:17 am

Absolutely brilliant, only a few days ago I posted here that it would be top of my wishlist for future development - and here we (hopefully) have it...

Certainly from my part of the world, mid-Wales coast, the roads are not at all great to get to Alton Towers, it takes nearly 3 hours for 110 miles. So a decent rail connection would be a big incentive to leave my car at home.

Roll on the future! :)
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:51 am

:mrgreen:
Marvelous news! But I don't think it should mean the removal of all car parks. It will undoubtedly encourage some people to go by train, but I can't see many willing to drive most of the way, then leave their car and get on a train.

A relief road would still be nice.
 
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:26 am

Ah this is great news and it will def make life easier for me and people who travel long distances to get to the Towers. Great stuff! :clap:
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:59 am

Awsome news :D
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:31 pm

This is absolutely fantastic!

This has got to be the best solution for the seemingly unsolveable traffic problem as it comes with so many other benefits!

A few buses to and from the area really aren't enough to support what a huge attraction Merlin hopes Alton Towers will become. It needs something with effeciency and permanence that will give visitors to any part of the country little reason not to visit. Tge park will become effeciently more popular and support major new development.

Traffic will significantly decrease, this is agiven. Less noise and air pollution. Fabs.

This will also support local businesses as the accessibility from the park has been widened; it will make B&Bs further away more attractive as they'll be close to a local station.

Imagine it though...Alton Towers station. They could theme it magically to really heighten the experience!
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:54 pm

It's and interesting development. I just hope those behind it all have the will to push it through and bring it to reality. To often we here of projects big and small stalling, and eventually failing as no one can be bothered to see things through.

It is worth remembering there are many stumbling blocks along the way. In some ways four years may be a bit optimistic, but not impossible.

Also, while it will help somewhat to alleviate some of the traffic problems, some clever marketing will need to be bought in to play to encourage people to travel by train all the way to Alton, otherwise this sort of heritage railway will only really appeal to a niche market.

If any future station were to be themed in anyway, given the heritage of the line I would like to see it themed to a 50's 60's style station, rather than anything to do with Alton Towers.

It also begs the question of a new entrance to the park for anyone arriving by train. Or indeed the re-opening of an old entrance. :D
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Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:30 pm

As long as they don't charge (much) more for the use of the train from stoke than the car parks at alton it will probably be quite an attractive option, especially as it will be a much easier journey for a lot of people, with stoke just off the M6. It would also mean making the entire journey by public transport is much more attractive, especially for people who can get direct trains to stoke.
 
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Re: Alton Towers To Have Rail Connection In 4 Years

Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:01 pm

I'm just trying to work this one out, so apologies.

But are you saying that instead of driving to Alton Towers, you'd drive to Stoke railway station and get a train from there?

I'm presuming this as otherwise you'd be getting a muddle of different trains etc.
 
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Re: Alton Towers To Have Rail Connection In 4 Years

Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:15 pm

I'd certainly be tempted, I'm not sure how they intend it to work though

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