Thank-you James for updating the news page with this story.
Why do the powers that be have to go through this ridiculous dance pretending everyone is seriously looking at both these options? - I think we all know that it is going to the Old Kent Road.
If you get the chance to question any of the actors involved in the decision making or assessment process - my question would be to provide more detail on where the new stations will be between Elephant and Lewisham.
Yes Floodplain, you're entirely right. What really matters is where the Old Kent Road stations will go (and I'd argue we should also have one at Bricklayers Arms to serve the areas north and east of there that have poor transport links)
A technocrat (or indeed someone with practical experience of reality) will admit there will only be one route through Southwark. Given the cost of tunnelling, the value of two close routes is hard to justify. The only other place we see this is the two bits of the Northern line between Euston and Camden Town - but they're effectively two lines branded under a single name.
However the electorate expect their politicians to fight their corner for them, even if they know they're going to lose (and we accuse them of 'playing politics' even though it's what we've asked for). Look at Terry Cotta's comment on page 8 about the 'Labour ... sell-out'
The danger is that when we ask our politicians to fight silly battles (like arguing for Peckham and Camberwell) then they can end up not fighting the sensible battles - like where the stations will be on the Old Kent Road.