Charing Cross station, London, 1993.
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Charing Cross opened in 1864, as a terminus for the South Eastern Railway. It was thought that a terminus was needed in the West End of London, to serve the South East. 60% of passengers travelling from that area were heading for the West End. The station was designed by John Hawkshaw. It was absorbed into the South Eastern & Chatham Railway in 1899.