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||Waterloo (main line) 
|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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Waterloo East, also known as London 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 is situated 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'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 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 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. This stratagem is also used for the Thameslink platforms at St. Pancras International and their predecessors at King's Cross Thameslink, 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 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 (also known as Waterloo Eastern) in July 1935 and it took its present name in May 1977.
Until 1911 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. 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.
Mainline railways around the South Bank
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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" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010.[dead link]
- Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|London Charing Cross||Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line