London Waterloo East railway station
|London Waterloo East|
Waterloo East viewed from the London Eye
Location of Waterloo East in Central London
|Local authority||London Borough of Lambeth|
|Number of platforms||4|
|OSI||London Waterloo 
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|— interchange||0.812 million|
|— interchange||0.891 million|
|— interchange||0.891 million|
|— interchange||1.510 million|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|1 January 1869||Opened as Waterloo Junction|
|7 July 1935||Renamed Waterloo|
|2 May 1977||Renamed Waterloo East|
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London Waterloo East, also known simply as Waterloo East, 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. Services through the station are operated by Southeastern and it falls within fare zone 1.
An elevated walkway across Waterloo Road connects it to the larger Waterloo station and provides the main access. The eastern ends of Waterloo East platforms have 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 London Underground's Bakerloo, Northern and Waterloo & City lines are available at Waterloo tube 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 avoid confusion with those of the adjoining Waterloo station, which is managed and branded separately (a stratagem also used for the Thameslink platforms at St. Pancras International and their predecessors at King's Cross Thameslink, and at New Cross), by staff who work at both stations. Ticket barriers have been installed at the Sandell Street and Southwark station entrances, and also at the main entrance from Waterloo station following the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.
The South Eastern Railway opened it as Waterloo Junction in January 1869 to replace Blackfriars Road station which was slightly to the east. The Southern Railway renamed it Waterloo Eastern in July 1935 and it took its present name in May 1977.
Formerly a rail connection ran across the concourse of the main station. This saw little service, although H.G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds describes its use 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.
All "up" trains run to Charing Cross only, and depart from platforms B and D. All "down" trains run from platforms A and C, and call at London Bridge, with the exception of a few in the evening peak.
As of December 2010, the typical off-peak service is:
- 16 trains per hour (tph) Charing Cross
- 2 tph Dartford via Bexleyheath
- 2 tph Gravesend via Sidcup
- 2 tph Gillingham via Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal
- 2 tph Hayes via Catford Bridge (running fast to Ladywell)
- 2 tph Sevenoaks via Orpington (running fast to Hither Green)
- 2 tph Tunbridge Wells via Sevenoaks
- 2 tph Hastings via Tunbridge Wells
- 1 tph Dover and Ramsgate via Canterbury West, dividing at Ashford International
- 1 tph Ramsgate via Dover and Canterbury West, dividing at Ashford International
Southern also used to operate services at this station, but these were withdrawn in 2008 due to problems with line capacity on the South Eastern Main Line.
|Mainline railways around the South Bank|
London Buses routes 1; 4; 26; 59; 68; 76; 77; 139; 168; 171; 172; 176; 188; 211; 243; 341; 381; 507; 521; RV1 and express route X68 and night routes N1; N68; N76; N171; N343 and N381 serve the station
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- "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". National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010.[dead link]
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|London Charing Cross||Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
(Services to/from Charing Cross do not call at London Bridge until 2016)