To most people, Liverpool Street station is the terminus to the end of a journey or the beginnings of a new one. We take a look into the historical archives at some of the tragic events that have rocked the stations past.
Look at our post on new beginnings at 100 Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street Station and World War One
During World War One part of the German air offensive against Britain, Germany launched a squadron of Gotha aircraft in a raid against London. 118 high explosive bombs where dropped, with 72 within 1 mile of Liverpool Street station. The effect of the raid was devasting, 426 people injured, 162 killed.
Liverpool Street Station and the Bishopsgate Bombing
A powerful truck bomb was detonated on Bishopsgate, the major road through the heart of the City of London. The Bomb was planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) – a telephone warning was sent one hour before it detonated. Despite the warnings and the detonation taking place on a Saturday 44 people were injured and 1 was killed.
Liverpool Street Station and the 7/7 Bombings
On the 7th July 2005, also referred to as 7/7 London was rocked by a series of coordinated terrorist suicide attacks. One of the attacks took place on an Eastbound Circle line train 90 meters after leaving Liverpool Street Station. 8 people lost their lives including the bomber on the train.
London Liverpool Street Station Today
Don’t let the past shape your future, London’s Liverpool Street station is a major terminus on the London Underground and Mainline network. There are approximately 67 million passengers that enter and exit Liverpool Street station each year. That is approximately every man, woman and child in Australia going through the station nearly 3 times a year.