10 things you didn’t know about Waterloo station

Waterloo balcony and busy concourse

London Waterloo turns 170 years old on July 11. How well do you know our busiest railway station?

1. There were just 14 trains a day to and from the station when it opened in 1848.

2. Today it’s Britain’s busiest train station with 99.4 million journeys a year.

3. It’s also the second busiest tube station with 100.3 million journeys annually.

4. The original station was added to in stages to accommodate increasing passenger numbers. It was eventually rebuilt between 1903 and 1922; most of the old building seen today dates from that period.

5. Waterloo was the last London terminus to provide steam powered services - the last steam train went to Bournemouth in 1967.

6. The main entrance, known as Victory Arch, is a Grade II listed building.

7. Waterloo once had its own cinema near platform one. It opened in 1934 and closed in 1970.

8. Waterloo provided the terminus of the London Necropolis Company – from 1854 the small station accommodated mourners and held funeral services before coffins were transported for burial at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.

9. You can go by train from Waterloo station to Waterloo in Belgium in about three hours, changing at Oxford Circus, King's Cross and Brussels.

10. A production of The Railway Children took place at Waterloo in 2011, staged on the tracks at the former Eurostar terminal.