Friday 20 January 2012 11.54am
Guy's street wrote:
It does seem like it might have made sense to redevelop the station BEFORE the Olympics and the Shard.
That was of course the plan. The original project to upgrade the station was called Thameslink 2000 with the completion date being rather rashly included in the project name. Even the current station design was essentially concieved in 1999 and had a planning consent resolved to grant in 2000. Had they got on with it it would have been finished in 2006 before the Shard even had approval. Such is the nature of public works in the UK that massive private projects like the Shard can be concieved 10 years later, designed, approved and implemented before the public ones can get going!!