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Old March 5th, 2005, 03:40 PM   #1
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London Liverpool Street

London Liverpool Street is the busiest train station in London in terms of passenger throughput: 123mppa+ (London Waterloo is larger in area and Clapham Junction has a larger train throughput). It is the terminus for trains from East Anglia, North-East London and the surrounding metro area. Trains go to regional cities and towns such as Cambridge, Southend, Norwich, Harwich and Peterborough as well as serving London Stansted Airport via the Stansted Express.

The station was opened in 1874 by the Great Eastern Railway Company to serve the City of London (the borough, not the entire Greater London of 7mn), and the requirement to build railways to serve the suburbs and greater area for the continued growth of the City. It is the fourth and largest rail terminus (Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street) to serve the 2.90 kmē that makes up the City of London. Central London in total has 13 rail termini (the other 9 are: Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, St Pancras, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria).

During World War 1, the station suffered greatly when 1,000lbs of bombs were dropped on the station killing 162 people - the first bombing by the German Gotha bombers. However massive post WW1 and WW2 engineering work meant that the multi-faceted pillars and shed roof were repaired to their full glory.

The station was modernised between 1985-1992 to incorporate the old railway shed. However the identity of the station remained, with the added benefit of modern amenities, retailing and improved accessibility has meant the station has evolved to keep apace with the times. Platforms 1-10 are within the main shed and platforms 11-18 are located under the Broadgate complex. The station is now 131 years old.

A common misconception among tourists is that trains from Liverpool Street go to Liverpool which is false. Another interesting thing with the station and the City of London in general: there are no bins, simply because the IRA would use the bins as places to hide bombs.


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Old March 5th, 2005, 05:01 PM   #2
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One day I'll have to make a tour to most of London's biggest stations, I love watching trains.
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Old March 5th, 2005, 05:11 PM   #3
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Yeah, I plan to take my camera to the 13 rail termini in Central London one day
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Woderful station!!
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impressive !
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