Alton Towers is to restrict the operation of its Skyride attraction to peak days during the 2012 season, in a move that has angered fans of the park.
Towers Times reports that the Skyride will only operate on days where the park is expecting large numbers of guests. This is likely to mean some weekends, the summer holiday season and the October half-term.
The Skyride is an important attraction for Alton Towers, as it allows guests to move around the park's sprawling grounds at a much faster pace than they can on foot. The gondolas of the ride carry guests over the Towers' famous gardens, saving significant walking time.
Serious fires in 2007 and 2009 forced the Skyride out of action for long periods, but the move to close it voluntarily has sparked angry complaints on Alton Towers' Facebook page.
As with the recent move to make Thorpe Park's SAW Alive Horror Maze a seasonal attraction, the decision is believed to part of a cost-cutting drive from parent company Merlin Entertainments Group.