190 redundancies proposed at Alton Towers

Alton Towers

190 salaried jobs are at risk at Alton Towers after the park announced a redundancy consultation period as part of a restructuring programme.

The Staffordshire resort has suffered a considerable reduction in visitor numbers since an accident on the Smiler rollercoaster earlier this year.

Park operators Merlin Entertainments previously said that it would be “resetting” the park’s cost base for 2016, as it expects visitor numbers to remain at a reduced level.

The park employs hundreds of seasonal workers during its main season, but today’s announcement relates to those working at the resort all year.

A spokeswoman for Alton Towers today said that a restructuring programme would be completed prior to the park reopening in March 2016.

She said: “It may result in the loss of up to 190 salaried jobs across the resort.

“We anticipate some of these will be accounted for by a programme of non-replacement of existing vacancies, early retirement, redeployment elsewhere in the group, and voluntary redundancy.

“As soon as employee representatives have been appointed a consultation period will begin.”

The spokeswoman added that it was an “incredibly difficult” decision to make and that it had “not been taken lightly or easily”.

The theme park begins its main season on 19 March next year.