London Waterloo East railway station

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Waterloo East National Rail
London Waterloo East
Waterloo East viewed from the London Eye
Waterloo East is located in Central London
Waterloo East
Waterloo East
Location of Waterloo East in Central London
Location South Bank
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Grid reference TQ313800
Managed by Southeastern
Owner Network Rail
Station code WAE
DfT category B
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1
OSI Waterloo National Rail logo.svg
Waterloo Underground no-text.svg
Embankment Underground no-text.svg
Southwark Underground no-text.svg[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 6.794 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 1.510 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 7.307 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 1.551 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 7.872 million[2]
– interchange  Decrease 1.377 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 9.921 million[2]
– interchange  Decrease 1.096 million[2]
2016–17 Increase 10.325 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 1.133 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1 January 1869 (1869-01-01) Opened as Waterloo Junction
7 July 1935 Renamed Waterloo
2 May 1977 Renamed Waterloo East
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
WGS84 51°30′13″N 0°06′40″W / 51.5037°N 0.111°W / 51.5037; -0.111Coordinates: 51°30′13″N 0°06′40″W / 51.5037°N 0.111°W / 51.5037; -0.111
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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.


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 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 following the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.


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

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[5] 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.


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:

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 prior to the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.
Escalators leading to Waterloo East station from Southwark tube station.
Mainline railways around the South Bank
Charing Cross London Underground
London River Services London Underground Waterloo
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road
London Underground Elephant & Castle
Blackfriars London Underground London River Services
Blackfriars Bridge
City Thameslink
Cannon Street London Underground
London River Services London Underground London Bridge
Down arrow
South Eastern main line
to SE London and Kent


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.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Station facilities for London Waterloo East". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley

External links

  • Train times and station information for London Waterloo East railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Charing Cross   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  London Bridge
  Historical railways  
London Waterloo   South Eastern
and Chatham Railway

South Eastern Main Line
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