NCE really must start checking the facts over privately funded stations (News 29 May).
In 1989-91, I was BR's project manager for the railway works associated with the Ludgate project. As part of Rosehaugh Stanhope's arrangements to redevelop the site, it closed Holborn Viaduct Station and provided a new station, City Thameslink, at no cost to BR.
This followed the redevelopment of Liverpool Street Station, also by Rosehaugh Stanhope, so I won't claim that City Thameslink was the first station built by private funding as I'm sure someone knows better.
David Holt, 26 Park Road Haywards Heath West, Sussex RH16 4HZ