The Info List - Waterloo East Station

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Waterloo East railway station, also known as London Waterloo East,[3] is a railway station in central London on the line from Charing Cross through London Bridge towards Kent, in the southeast of England. Although Waterloo East is a through-station, it is classed for ticketing purposes as a central London terminus.[4] Services through the station are operated by Southeastern and it is situated within fare zone 1.


1 Location 2 History 3 Services 4 Connections 5 References 6 External links

Location[edit] An elevated walkway across Waterloo Road connects it to the larger Waterloo station
Waterloo station
and provides the main access. The eastern ends of Waterloo East's platforms provide pedestrian connection to Southwark station which is served by London Underground's Jubilee line; at street level there is a modest entrance in Sandell Street. Connections with the Underground's Bakerloo, Northern and Waterloo & City lines are available at Waterloo Underground station. There is no station building; the ticket office of the main station serves it, though there are ticket machines at the eastern end of the walkway. The four platforms at Waterloo East are lettered rather than numbered to ensure that staff who work at both Waterloo East and the adjoining Waterloo station, which is managed and branded separately and features numbered platforms, do not confuse the platforms at the two stations. Platforms for the Thameslink
platforms at St Pancras International and their predecessors at King's Cross Thameslink
use this numbering convention, as well as at New Cross. Ticket barriers have been installed at the Sandell Street and Southwark station entrances, and also at the main entrance from Waterloo station
Waterloo station
following the completion of the retail balcony in 2012. History[edit]

A 1910 Railway Clearing House
Railway Clearing House
map of lines around Waterloo - note the connecting line between Waterloo and Waterloo East.

The station was built by the South Eastern Railway (SER) after the line to Charing Cross opened in 1864. The company were under pressure connect with London and South Western Railway
London and South Western Railway
(LSWR) services, as it would allow the latter to connect to the City of London
City of London
via Cannon Street. A single-line, 5-chain (100 m) connection to Waterloo was opened shortly after the line was built, and ran until January 1893, when it was discontinued because of overcrowding. At the same time, the LSWR asked the SER to construct a dedicated station that could provide a better long-term link between Waterloo and the City. This opened as Waterloo Junction on 1 January 1869.[5] Shortly after opening, SER services between Charing Cross and Cannon Street had become frequented by prostitutes, who discovered the journey between the two stations was sufficiently long to service clients while paying minimum rent. After Waterloo East opened, the frequent stopping of trains there made this impractical.[6] The dedicated line from Waterloo through to Waterloo Junction was demolished in 1911 when the main-line station underwent an extensive reconstruction.[7] H.G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds describes the use of the connecting line from Waterloo to convey troop trains to the Martian landing site. The bridge which carried the line over Waterloo Road subsequently accommodated the pedestrian walkway between the two stations until replaced by the current high level covered walkway. The old bridge remains and is now used for storage.[citation needed] The Southern Railway renamed the station Waterloo (also known as Waterloo Eastern) in July 1935[citation needed] and it took its present name on 8 May 1978. The platforms were designated A - D at the same time.[8] Services[edit]

Platform A view towards the Shard

All "up" trains run to Charing Cross only, and depart from platforms B and D. All "down" trains run from platforms A and C. The typical off-peak service is:

14 trains per hour (tph) Charing Cross 2 trains per hour tph Dartford via Bexleyheath 2 tph Gravesend via Sidcup 2 tph Gillingham via Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal 2 tph Hayes avoiding Lewisham 2 tph Sevenoaks via Orpington 2 tph Hastings via Tunbridge Wells 1 tph Dover via Ashford International 1 tph Ramsgate via Ashford International and Canterbury West

Southern also used to operate services at this station, but these were withdrawn in 2009 due to problems with line capacity on the South Eastern Main Line.

Entrance to Waterloo East from Waterloo station
Waterloo station
prior to the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.

Escalators leading to Waterloo East station from Southwark tube station.


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Mainline railways around the South Bank


Charing Cross

South Western main line

to Weymouth

Hungerford Bridge

over River Thames


Waterloo East




) Blackfriars Road

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to Sutton, Sevenoaks and Brighton






) Blackfriars Bridge

City Thameslink

Cannon Street

London Bridge

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Brighton main line

to Brighton

South Eastern main line

to SE London and Kent

Connections[edit] London Buses
London Buses
routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, RV1 and X68 and night routes N1, N68, N76, N171, N343 and N381 serve the station. The Quietway
1 cycle route passes underneath the station. References[edit] Citations

^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year. ^ "Station facilities for London Waterloo East". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 29 May 2013.  ^ "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010. [dead link] ^ Jackson 1984, pp. 216-217. ^ Jackson 1984, p. 176. ^ Jackson 1984, p. 224. ^ Jackson 1984, p. 362.


Jackson, Alan (1984) [1969]. London's Termini (New Revised ed.). London: David & Charles. ISBN 0-330-02747-6. 

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Train times and station information for London Waterloo East railway station from National Rail

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