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The busiest and largest railway station in the UK with 20 platforms.
History of Waterloo Station
Waterloo Station is the principle mainline railway terminus serving Southern England and through the Channel Tunnel (Eurotunnel) to Continental Europe. The station is on the southern bank of the River Thames between Westminster and Waterloo Bridges roughly opposite Whitehall.
The original terminus of the 1838 London and Southampton Railway was at Nine Elms but the line was extended to Waterloo in 1848. The 1848 station was rebuilt 5 years later in 1853 and was the subject to numerous expansions. The station also housed the London terminal of The London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company, a platform dedicated to the dead and their greiving relatives and friends.
In 1922 Queen Mary opened the current station. This suffered severe bomb damage during World War II but the underground passages served as safe bomb shelters to many hundreds of people.
Waterloo Station International Terminal was built between 1989 and 1994 and earned the architect Nicholas Thomas Grimshaw the RIBA gold medal for this long, low, spacious structure in steel and glass. The first high-speed rail service to France started in 1994.
You can get to Victoria Station from Waterloo by bus, underground or taxi. There is a direct bus route linking Waterloo and Victoria. It is number 507, runs every 5 minutes and costs £2.40 for a one way ticket, or £1.40 with an Oyster card. You can take the underground to Victoria by crossing over the river footbridge to the
Embankment station, and taking the Circle Line to Victoria.
This should take approximately 20 minutes and you need a Zone 1 ticket. Alternatively, if you have a lot of heavy luggage you may prefer to take a taxi. A black cab should not cost more than £15, unless you have particularly bad traffic.
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