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Ardour they fall


I was most interested in the item on London Bridge station (NCE 29 March). However, I do feel that Diarmaid Fleming and Alan Fleet allowed their commendable enthusiasm for the prospect of a bright new station rather to mask the facts regarding the existing station.

The present station is not a 19th century edifice but in fact is a relatively modern station built in the 1970's. At that time the whole of the then ancient station was totally demolished and rebuilt with the exception of the foundation arches and the original train shed roof.

At the same time the track layouts of both the through and terminal stations were completely remodelled with an additional track constructed on the through side of the station.

Thus the station was provided with modern 1970's facilities and vastly improved passenger flows between terminal and through station.

I do not believe a station constructed in the 1970's would currently be the subject of reconstruction proposals if it were not for Thameslink 2000.

It is the considerable changes required by Thameslink which give rise to the present proposals. But then in the 1970's Thameslink services did not exist and neither were they proposed.

I commend the contributors of the article for their enthusiasm. Every large scheme requires enthusiasts for its success. But in the 1970's we were enthusiasts too!

Michael H. Phelps (M), 31 Orchard Way, Mosterton, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3LT.

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