The Southern's London Termini

Of all the "Big Four" railway companies and British Railway's regions serving the centre of London the Southern overwhelmingly had the most terminal stations.  This was due to the four pre-grouping competing railway companys' desire to serve both the City and West End areas of the capital with their own prestigious stations.  This resulted in eight termini being built - seven of which are still in use today.  The maze of tracks in south London threading their way to serve this multiplicity of destinations results in a most complex network.  Below is a brief summary of the Southern's London termini:
  temporary terminus opened serving London area side of River Thames original railway companies current railway companies notes
Bank   8th August 1898 City north LWSR London Underground Limited an underground shuttle service from Waterloo to serve the City
Blackfriars   1st June 1864 City north LCDR Connex South Eastern, Thameslink rebuilt between 1972 & 1977
Cannon Street   1st September 1866 City north SER Connex South Eastern rebuilt in 1960s
Charing Cross Bricklayers Arms used prior to London Bridge high level station opening 11th January 1864 West End north SER Connex South Eastern new roof 1906, partially rebuilt in 1990s
Holborn Viaduct   2nd March 1874 City north LCDR   rebuilt 1960-63, closed 26th January 1990 replaced by (St. Paul's) City Thameslink station
London Bridge Spa Road (L&G). The SER used Bricklayers Arms as an interim measure until the high level station opened 14th December 1836 City south L&G, L&B, LBSCR, SER Govia South Central, Connex South Eastern, Thameslink partially rebuilt mid 1970s
Victoria Stewarts Lane 1st October 1860 West End north LBSCR, LCDR, GWR Govia South Central, Connex South Eastern, Gatwick Express, VSOE rebuilt 1908/9, partially rebuilt 1980s/90s
Waterloo Nine Elms

11th July 1848

West End south LSWR South West Trains, Wales & Borders Trains, Eurostar rebuilt 1908-18, Waterloo International station opened 17th May 1993

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