Yesterday a very important yet underrated bill made it through its second reading at the House of Commons, and is well on its way to becoming law.
The Daylight Savings Bill, if passed, will mean the whole of the UK will be put permanently an hour ahead, meaning that in summer we will be GMT+1 and in winter, GMT+2. At the moment in summer we are GMT and in winter GMT+1. The simple idea is that you move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
Much of the momentum behind this bill has been by road safety organizations, all of whom support it as they say it will vastly reduce road deaths with an hours extra daylight driving.
The other major argument for this bill is the benefit to the UK's leisure industries, and the LighterLater campaign
have argued that it will create 60,000 to 80,000 new jobs in the leisure industries and make an extra £2.5 - 3.5 billion every year.
I think the Conservative MP who gave the bill its second reading explained it best, I'll quote her:
"An extra hour of daylight is not only an extra hour for many attractions to stay open and trading, it actually extends the summer tourist season. It gives our tourist attractions the longer summers that their continental competitors take for granted. I can certainly see the enormous benefit this will bring to towns like Blackpool".
I think this is all very interesting. If this is all true, then it sounds like the UK's theme parks could benefit MASSIVELY from this change, and make a huge amount of money. Is this the mysterious 'X Factor' that German theme parks seem to have?
There are other complications of course too. It will mean towards the end of the season there would be an hours left night riding, and during Scarefest this could really hit the park (unless they lengthen opening by an hour ;) )
What are your views on this and how it will affect Alton Towers and other theme parks? I'm not looking for a debate over the general merits of the idea, just about how it will affect Alton Towers. :)