It provided many families with the ability to seek jobs they would not have otherwise been able to reach. The quick journey via train made working, playing and visiting in other parts of London a reality. It also provided other Londoners the ability to visit the areas around Waterloo.
The original station was added onto many times. As the populations needs changed so did the station. There was also a platform that was used only for transporting deceased patrons and their friends and families. This area was part of the Necropolis and National Mausoleum Company. The station suffered severe damage during WWI. The station also served as a safe place to gather during WWI bombings. The tunnels were deep and protected citizens against the majority of bombing dangers.
Until 2007 Waterloo was known as the home of the Eurostar. Eurostar then moved the home base to King's Cross. It still serves as the main hub for those commuting into London from the southern areas. The station resides in a historically significant area. Close to the river Thames, where there are numerous art events on the weekends. There are also tons of things to see and do in the areas adjacent to the station.
Visitors to the area have a lot of activities from which to choose. Popular tourist destinations include visiting the Festival Hall, Royal National Theatre, Imperial War Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, The London Eye, London Aquarium or the Millennium Bridge.
Like Paddington station, Waterloo still fulfills its original directive of connecting the southern city residents to the remainder of London, towns like Windsor and beyond. Getting to the station is easy, visitors can arrive by bus, taxi, private car and bicycle. Connecting the station to the other modes of public transportation makes Waterloo Station a bulwark in the community.