Twitter users get into a tizzy as to whether the new ‘Battersea Power Station’ should be called that or ‘Battersea Power Station Station’; let’s get them started on ‘King’s Road’ vs. ‘Kings Road’
People who use Twitter can be beyond pedantic, but yesterday “the world’s only model village and miniature city expert” and presenter of UKTV’s The Architecture The Railways Built Tim Dunn got 6,400 of them overexcited by arguing that the sign for the new Battersea Power Station underground stop should actually read ‘Battersea Power Station Station.’
Claiming “OK, yes, this might be my OCD rising but I LIKE CONSISTENCY,” Mr Dunn suggested that Transport for London’s “guidelines say that the blue panel/lozenge above the entrance must say ‘X STATION.’” He cited as evidence for his claim images of the entrances to the stops at Woodford, Burnt Oak and Bond Street – all of which feature the word “station” after their names.
Though it appears Dunn is correct in the main, Covent Garden seems to be an exception to this rule and does not carry the word “station” on the signage at its entrance. Equally, at Hyde Park Corner the signage at ground level just reads ‘Underground’ and the original entrance lacked the word “station” also.
In response, whilst one Twitter user suggested: “A station is only a station if it isn’t already a station” and another added: “I was listening to a featuring on this on BBC Radio 4; made my brain ache,” the majority agreed with the “inner pedant” of Dunn, another pointedly concluded: “THEY ARE THE RULES.”
Given that’s decided then, perhaps Mr Dunn and chums could move onto deciding what another contentiously named London transportation link should be referenced. It is time for someone to finally solve the ongoing debate of whether it is the ‘Kings Road’ or ‘King’s Road.’ Even, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council haven’t been able to make their minds up about that.