It's six months after the first writeup, and the Merry Hill Monorail
is now in the process of being deconstructed, and the monorail stations are all being demolished.
The original problem
with the Monorail
was that, while it was fun for five minutes
it was slow
, and it didn't actually go anywhere useful
. There were three stations
1. Inside the Merry Hill center itself.
2. Outside the row of (mostly) electrical retailers
detached from the main centre.
3. A car park
near the Waterfront
, where hideously expensive pubs
serve local businesses
which can afford the expensive rent
. (Telewest Communcations
is one, the government tax
office is another!)
Back when Merry Hill first opened, the Waterfront car park was hardly ever used, so only the first two stops were of any particular interest.
However, the walk
between the first two stations would take around 5 minutes, and walking from the second to the third would take perhaps 15 minutes.
This, combined with the fact that a large percentage (I have no actual figures) of people
arrive at Merry Hill by car
made the monorail pretty redundant
is much more of a problem today, so it's now quite common to see the Waterfront carpark completely full. The monorail would've been perfect
for people who have to park this far away!