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London Victoria station

Coordinates: 51°29′43″N 0°08′39″W / 51.4952°N 0.1441°W / 51.4952; -0.1441
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Victoria Station
The Grosvenor Hotel, the frontage of the Brighton Main Line platforms
Victoria Station is located in Central London
Victoria Station
Victoria Station
Location of Victoria Station in Central London
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Managed byNetwork Rail
Station codeVIC
Number of platforms19
Fare zone1
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–0548.047 million[1]
2005–0647.860 million[1]
2006–0766.749 million[1]
2007–0877.462 million[1]
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′43″N 0°08′39″W / 51.4952°N 0.1441°W / 51.4952; -0.1441

Victoria station is a major National Rail, London Underground and coach station in the City of Westminster. It is the second busiest railway terminus in London after Waterloo. It is in Travelcard Zone 1. It is named after Queen Victoria.

National Rail[change | change source]

The National Rail station is officially named 'London Victoria',[2] a name that is sometimes used outside London, but never by Londoners. The station has two separate parts:

  • The eastern (Chatham) side, platforms 1–8, is the terminus for services to Kent on the Chatham Main Line and its branches.
  • The western (Brighton) side, platforms 9–19, is the terminus for services to Surrey and Sussex, including Gatwick Airport and Brighton on the Brighton Main Line and its branches.

This split is generally held to, as the track layout does not allow much swapping, with only a small number of connecting flyovers between the main lines in the Battersea area, and a single track connection just outside the station. As the Brighton side is the busier of the two, disruption on that line sometimes results in some of its suburban services using the eastern side. This is often true of the Gatwick Express, which travels along the Brighton Main Line, as it will often divert over Chatham side tracks during engineering works in order to maintain service levels.

Victoria also serves as the London terminus for the Venice Simplon Orient Express, from Platform 2, the longest platform.

There are ticket barriers to platforms 1-12 and 15-19. Platforms 13 and 14 don't have ticket barriers and this is where the Gatwick Express service departs.

Previous station National Rail National Rail Next station
Terminus   Southeastern
Catford Loop Line
  Denmark Hill
Chatham Main Line
(via Herne Hill)
  Brixton or Bromley South
Terminus   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Battersea Park
Clapham Junction
Terminus   Southern
Gatwick Express
  Gatwick Airport
Terminus   Venice Simplon Orient Express
  Folkestone West

London Underground[change | change source]

The London Underground station lies to the north of the mainline station concourse.It is currently the busiest station on the system with around 76 million using the station (not including interchanging passengers) as of 2007, 60.2 million (including interchanges) using the Victoria Line platforms.[3] There are two ticket halls. The newer hall, closer to the mainline station, serves the Victoria Line; the other, farther north, serves the District and Circle Lines. The ticket halls are connected by a pedestrian passage beneath the Bus station.

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Circle line
towards Edgware Road
District line
towards Upminster
towards Brixton
Victoria line
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Wimbledon
Chelsea-Hackney line
Crossrail 2
towards Epping

Gallery[change | change source]

Coach and bus stations[change | change source]

Victoria coach station[change | change source]

Victoria coach station is half a mile south-west of the railway stations. It is the largest and most significant coach station in London. It serves long distance coach services and is also the departure point for many countryside coach tours originating from London. It serves all parts of the UK, and mainland Europe.

Victoria bus station[change | change source]

The Victoria bus station is directly outside Victoria Station. It services only London Buses,[4] with 19 routes and 200 buses per hour at busy times. Bus 'spider' maps are available from TfL; they are designed like tube maps.[5]

Green Line coach station[change | change source]

The Green Line Coach Station is another coach station near Victoria Station. The station offers long distance coach services by Green Line Coaches and Greyhound UK.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. Association of Train Operating Companies (2005). National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for London Victoria Archived 2012-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 24 December 2005.
  3. TfL Metronet
  4. A subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL).
  5. Spider map for Victoria
  6. The London Toolkit

Other websites[change | change source]