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A Short History of Waterloo Station


London Waterloo station is a South London railway terminus, with over 90 million passengers per year it is Britain’s busiest railway station.
Much of Waterloo’s traffic is local or suburban, although the station was the London terminus for Eurostar international trains from 1994 until 2007.

The London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) opened the station on 11 July 1848 as ‘Waterloo Bridge Station’ , it was designed by William Tite. Waterloo was not designed as a grand terminus and growth and expansion was largely piecemeal which led to a great deal of confusion which led to the station becoming a bit of a Music Hall joke at the end of the 19th century.


Eventually a decision was made to build a new station building which was eventually completed in the 1920s, later in  the main entrance was built a Victory Arch as a memorial to the staff who were killed during the two world wars.


A large four-faced clock hangs in the middle of the main concourse is a famous meeting place, and  a statue of Terence Cuneo by Philip Jackson was erected in the station in 2004.


Waterloo station has featured in a large number of novels including Three Men in a Boat and The Wrong Box. It has also featured in a number of songs most famously the Kinks’ song “Waterloo Sunset”


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