Beauty in the eye of the beholder

Commuters for whom the chaos at London Bridge rail station earlier this year is still seared on their memories may take some consolation from a reported £2 million (€2.8 million; $3.1 million) fine to be imposed by rail regulator the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) on operator Network Rail.

In March, delays to services led to huge overcrowding with some travellers famously vaulting over ticket barriers to avoid the crush.

“Our analysis shows that the company needs to develop a much better understanding of the impact of timetabling on the reliability of services and on rail users,” said ORR chief executive Richard Price as part of a damning assessment by the regulator.

However, there is another reason for consolation: the revamp of the station is shaping up nicely, according to images sent to us by Network Rail recently. The firm invited us to consider the “beautiful pictures” which show the “huge scale of redevelopment”.

Perhaps those jumping the barriers were just trying to get a better view of this aesthetic wonder.