I was interested to read the News article by Tony Aldous on Railtrack's Thameslink 2000 proposals (aj 27.11.97). Grand as the proposals are for the architects involved, he unfortunately forgot to mention the loss of homes, jobs and businesses that the works will cause in the Borough Market area.
The viaduct designed by Tony Meadows Architects will crash through the historic Market buildings and the Georgian buildings of Green Dragon Court, destroying one of the last fragments of 'real' London. It will also devastate a unique community of people living and working in and around the market - a community already battered by the seemingly endless works to the Jubilee Line extension.
At a regional level, the Thameslink proposals do not form any part of a co-ordinated transport strategy for London, and therefore must be regarded as suspect. Predictions of increases in rail traffic have, in the past, notoriously been wrong. At a local level, there is the destruction of a unique fragment of London together with its community by a scheme that will bring no local benefits whatsoever.
Tony Aldous should, for the moment, set aside Railtrack's pr and talk to those who live and work in and around Borough Market. He could then, for the sake of balanced journalism, write a follow-up piece setting out their views.