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London Waterloo railway station is a major railway station and transport interchange complex in London, England. It is located in the London Borough of Lambeth, near to the South Bank. The complex comprises four linked railway stations and a bus station. The whole complex is within Travelcard Zone 1.
It is named after the Battle of Waterloo in which Napoleon was defeated near Brussels. Somewhat ironically, it is now London's gateway for train passengers from France and Belgium. Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train linking Waterloo London with Paris, Brussels, Calais and Lille via the Channel Tunnel.
London Waterloo railway station was built in the early 1990s at a cost of £130 million to a design by the architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. The station was widely praised for its architecture, and won a variety of awards on its opening in 1994. Its most impressive feature is a 400 m-long glass canopy consisting of 37 prismatic, three-pinned bowstring arches of varying spans, designed by Anthony Hunt Associates.
From 14 November 2007, after the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is completed, Eurostar trains will terminate at St Pancras station thus making Waterloo International redundant. It will then revert to the ownership of the Department for Transport who will determine how it is to be used in the future.
Options being considered include converting it to offices and a shopping center or converting it for use by South West Trains for its long-distance services to Weymouth and other regional routes. This would, however, involve considerable remodeling and reconstruction of the rail approaches to the station, and while South West Trains supports in principle the use of the terminal for its own services after Eurostar has left it, the costs associated with this option are a significant deterrent. However, at the present time, Government proposals do indicate a willingness to convert these platforms.
There are also a number of shops, cafes and bars within the Waterloo domestic mainline station.
Left luggage facilities are also available at London Waterloo.
Getting to London Rail station:
Getting to London Waterloo rail station by Car, Bus, Rail, Metro
Eurostar Waterloo International is adjacent to the mainline Waterloo domestic rail and London Underground stations. There are numerous bus routes that serve Waterloo rail station and direct underground connections from the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines, please check these details with London Transport. The Waterloo mainline domestic and Waterloo East stations are served by numerous services from Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Dorset and South Wales. A taxi rank is situated adjacent to the arrivals area at the Eurostar Waterloo International train terminal and there are passenger set-down points outside both the Eurostar International Terminal and mainline station for those travelling by car. Limited short-term parking is also available at the terminal including dedicated parking space for disabled passengers.
Waterloo is also the most accessible of all London departure points, unless you are trying to get there by car. In addition to the existing London Underground (Bakerloo and Northen Lines), the Waterloo and City line, and the new Jubilee line extension, Waterloo is also the busiest station in the UK, being fed from numerous points across southern England. Taking Eurostar from Waterloo is also a reasonable alternative to taking flights to Paris from cities such as Southampton, Bristol or Birmingham, especially as flights to Paris from of all these cities tend to be fairly expensive.
Paris Nord (in France) - Direct EUROSTAR trains travel under the English Channel. The travel time is normally under 3 hours. In addition, one must take into consideration the hour time change (clocks move forward) in going from Great Britain to France. Departures are daily from London WATERLOO station unless noted; many trains leave up to 10 minutes earlier on Sundays. ALL TRAVELERS NEED SEAT RESERVATIONS and must b e ready to check in at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.