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London Waterloo East railway station

Waterloo East
London Waterloo East
Waterloo East viewed from the London Eye
Waterloo East is located in Central London
Waterloo East
Location of Waterloo East in Central London
Location South Bank
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Grid reference
Managed by Southeastern
Owner Network Rail
Station code WAE
DfT category B
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1
OSI Waterloo (main line) [1]
Waterloo (Underground)
National Rail annual entry and exit
— interchange   0.812 million[2]
2007–08 6.537 million[2]
2008–09 6.765 million[2]
— interchange   0.891 million[2]
2010–11 6.638 million[2]
— interchange   0.891 million[2]
2011–12 6.656 million[2]
2012–13 6.794 million[2]
— interchange   1.510 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
London Transport portal
UK Railways portal

Waterloo East, 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 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.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Connections 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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 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.


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. No services call at London Bridge until August 2016. 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, until 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
Hungerford Bridge
South Western Main Line
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road (1864-1868)
Elephant & Castle
Blackfriars / City Thameslink
Blackfriars Bridge (1864-1885)
Cannon Street
London Bridge
River Thames
Brighton and South Eastern Main Lines


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.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS).  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   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.  

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
(Services to/from Charing Cross do not call at London Bridge until 2016)
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