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But as you say Chessington is a short train ride from Waterloo so is easy to get to.
For this reason, I don't understand why Merlin don't pour more money into Chessington. It's stupidly easy to get between Chessington resort and the Eye/Sealife/Dungeons/Shrek, as it's just one direct train between Waterloo and Chessington South. Considering a night in Chessington's hotels are comparable to Central London you'd think it would make a perfect short break.
So does towers but they've invested in about 3 coasters since chessington last built 1Chessington suffers from the traffic issues which leads to planning being rejected - same as LLW.
It also gets the issue with noise, but with technology advances etc that's the easiest thing to get around. Usually most of the rejections are purely down to increasing of traffic. I still don't understand why the parks don't just try opening&closing an hour later (11-6), just to see if this helps with any traffic issues.