What to believe, a noise impact assessment which has to be legally binding and accurate, or a station building layout that doesn't? The plans show an indicative layout. As long as the scale and size of the building are accurate in the plans, the internal layout doesn't have to be.
From their point of view, there's no balls-up. It's got the iconic look, and it's got its marketable gimmick, and that's all they seem to be interested in. Ride experience and practicality just aren't big considerations for them. Hell, it's the first new coaster at Chessington for 18 years, and I'm sure they'll milk that as much as they can.Is there still time for Chessington/Merlin execs to look at these plans, realise they've ballsed up, and start again?
The new plan could include a tried-and-tested, high-throughput family coaster. One that is actually good. A much better ROI.
I suspect part of the reason why B&M is involved (well, seems to be involved, there could be another manufacturer at work with a similar track style, but I consider that unlikely) is that they deliberately bid low to test a new product.It could of course be the other way around and this is a experimental ride on offer. Or as they are likely in regular contact, what with them owning other B&M firsts, the idea formed between the two companies.
I'd argue that the cost in that article isn't accurate. Croc Drop cost £2.5m and was a significantly smaller investment... I'd say we're looking around the £8/10m marks.
I've personally had it confirmed to me by the park that the cost of the entire Croc Drop project was £2.5m. The costs released by Merlin are most of the time for the entire project. Rides aren't cheap and neither is the theming, but other things are factored into the budgets. Planning costs, marketing, etc.^ Croc Drop definitely wasn't 2.5m; I can pretty much guarantee that. Having worked on projects with the same hardware with maybe slightly less theming, I'd say it's sub 2m.
UmmmmWhy B&M? Why such a mundane layout?