Tuesday 26 April 2011 10.03am
Think the roof has to come down to get the extra through tracks in that make thameslink work and get rid of the long waiting times for thameslink services trying to share tracks with charing cross services. But if it is a given that the roof has to go to make the improved services work, could Southwark planners not have insisted on a new roof. Perhaps over the whole station to make the conditions on the through track platforms a little more humane. St Pancras does not have to put up with just canopies and windy wet platforms although admittedly at St Pancras we we have to provide for the French with their higher expectations!!??
Indeed, the retaining wall for the original (terminating) platforms is to be demolished to make way for the new platforms, so that roof has to come down one way or another (and it's not particularly special).
On the other hand, the not particularly special Arch 4 at Paddington looks stunning now and they were planning to demolish that a few years ago.
The new canopy looks nice, but yes, a roof would be more fitting for a mainline terminus. This is very discreet - not much of an announcement, quite 1950's in a way, which I like, but it's seems to lack the "LOOK! I'm A Railway Station" effect that seems appropriate.