Waterloo and city line stations
Waterloo-City, City-Waterloo: The Waterloo and City Line by Leanne ShaptonLeanne Shapton, author of Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris and Swimming Studies, creates an authorly and artistic response to travel, work and being a passenger - part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London Underground.
In Waterloo-City, City-Waterloo , Leanne Shapton creates an authorly and artistic response to the Waterloo and City lines particular length and those who travel on it. Shapton observes the particularities of the lines rush-hour passengers and imagines a number of their interior monologs, in both verbal and visual detail. The variety of commuters ruminations and obsessions result in a detailed and illustrated breakdown of the lines distance and time - its brevity, its passage between only two stations, its existence as almost primarily a shuttle for office workers going between their homes and the business district of the City. The layout of the book reflects the two stops on the line, one half of the book representing the Waterloo-City ourgoing journey, and the second half, the City-Waterloo return voyage.
Waterloo & City Line (1) - Class 487 (built in 1940)
Why the Waterloo and City Line only has two stops and why it's never been made any longer
The 'drain' is a god-send for commuters from the south west of the capital. The Waterloo and City Line, or the drain as it's fondly nicknamed, does what it says on the tin - it stops at Waterloo and the City Bank only. Basically a shuttle from the largest station in the UK to the financial hub of the capital, the line makes life easier not only for the commuters who take it, but helps ease pressure on other T ube lines that travel around the same area. The turquoise coloured line is by far the shortest on the Underground network , taking just four minutes and running a service about every five minutes, but as the least used line you may wonder why it's never been extended to make life easier for a few more people. Well, throughout its year history this has been proposed a number of times but for some reason or another the plans have never come to fruition. In a private railway company considered proposals to join the Northern City Line to the Waterloo and City Line, but this never happened. It was decided that any extension north would be too complex because of all the lines around Bank, and anything going south would not have a demand to match the costs.
It has only two stations, Waterloo and Bank formerly called "City", as it is within the City of London. Between its stations, the line passes under the River Thames. It exists almost exclusively to serve commuters between Waterloo mainline station and the City of London, and does not operate late in the evening or on Sundays the only time the line has operated on Sundays was between and It was the second electric tube railway to open in London, after the City and South London Railway now part of the Northern line. Despite its age, it is also the most recent line to be added to the London Underground network—being transferred from British Rail ownership in The location of the terminus made passenger access to the City of London difficult, and at that time proposals were considered for an extension, but they were abandoned on grounds of cost. Nonetheless the difficult access continued to be a problem, and eventually the solution was determined to be a tube railway, hugely cheaper than a surface line as it avoided nearly all land acquisition that would have been required on the surface.
Its primary traffic consists of commuters from south-west London, Surrey and Hampshire arriving at Waterloo main line station and travelling forward to the City of London financial district, and for this reason the line is normally closed on Sundays. Coloured turquoise on the Tube map , it is by far the shortest line on the Underground network, being 2. However, in terms of the average number of journeys per mile it is the second-most intensively-used line behind the Victoria line. For much of its existence, it was owned and operated by the London and South Western Railway later the Southern Railway , before it was nationalised into British Rail. Operations were transferred to London Underground in following a major refurbishment and replacement of rolling stock. The name of the terminal station was later changed to Waterloo , and this name is used in the remainder of this article.
Shortest Tube Line Ever: The Waterloo & City Line
This page is part of a guide which aims to answer that question. If this is the first time you have reached these pages then it is best to go to the Opening Page which sets the scene, explains the difference between the small and the large profile trains, offers advice on the best type of ticket to buy and photography tips. Click map to see larger version in a new window! At Bank the platforms are housed in individual tunnels which are linked by small cross-passages and join up to form a circulating area at the northern end. At Waterloo there are separate arrival and departure platforms which have independent platform accesses, and between journeys the trains go into the depot - which can be seen from both platforms. Until railway privatisation in this line was part of British Railways - Network SouthEast - and on some station platforms you will still see some Network SouthEast logos.
Waterloo is one of capitals busiest train stations connecting London to Reading, Guildford, Dorking, Bournemouth and other locations. There are also services to west London including Putney, Richmond and Twickenham for Twickenham Stadium , home to the English national rugby team. Waterloo tube station connects to other lines including: Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern line. Situated in the City of London, Bank station is a short walk away from The Leadenhall building, known informally as the 'Cheesegrater', which is home to the Sky Garden and fantastic views of the London skyline. We will keep you informed about the latest news that affects your daily commute to work, as well as at the weekend. We'll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railworks or closures you should know about, or if there are any problems on the city's tube network. By Angie Quinn Reporter.