Simon Hughes MP and his fellow Lib Dem London Assembly member, Caroline Pidgeon, are calling for Blackfriars station to be re-named. When the new cross-Thames platforms open in 2012, the station will benefit from an additional, transpontine entrance on the South Bank. The pair of politicos are calling for a change of name to reflect this: ‘Blackfriars & Bankside’ is their preferred choice. Network Rail are apparently “sympathetic” to the proposal. Station re-names are relatively rare in London: though Shepherd’s Bush recently got its Market, other locally-backed bids to introduce East Kilburn, Banglatown, Whittington and Brick Lane onto the map have fallen short.