Chaos? What Chaos? Waterloo Passengers Brag About Empty Trains And Concourses

Will Noble

Chaos? What Chaos? Waterloo Passengers Brag About Empty Trains And Concourses

Has South West trains done its job of warning commuters, a little too well?

In the lead-up to major reconstructions works at Waterloo station, the twittersphere, was reacting like this:

General mood on the South West Trains network this evening #waterlooupgrade

— Emily Jane (@emjric) August 4, 2017

Day 1 of the #WaterlooUpgrade … I am definitely screwed for the next 3 weeks… @SW_Trains @TfLRail

— Louise Grace (@LoPo999) August 5, 2017

However, some rail passengers heading in and out of Waterloo station today, found themselves treated to fewer crowds than usual, a selection of seats, and even trains that arrived ahead of time.

Bit aprenshive about travelling from Richmond to Waterloo this morning but looks like everyone else is working from home #waterlooupgrade

— Suzyb (@suzyb008) August 7, 2017

#waterloo GUILDFORD to london train this morning, there are seats x

— never be dull (@neverbedull) August 7, 2017

Phew, train from Waterloo a bit less busy so this guy gets his own seat. Well, seats. #MacTakeover

— Rosie Downes (@rosannadownes) July 13, 2017

Had to wait a whole 30 seconds to get on my direct train to #waterloo and had my pick of 31 seats in my carriage. #waterlooupgrade

— Claire Holt (@ClaireRamus) August 7, 2017

Pictures of an empty looking Waterloo station have also surfaced, although it’s unclear if ones like this were actually taken during rush hour:

It’s packed. #Crazy. #Chaos #waterlooupgrade #Waterloo
Actually quiet, calm and well organised. But no #icecream!

— Stephen Hines (@hines_stephen) August 7, 2017

Did everyone just decide to work from home, or take a holiday?

Of course, articles like this may steel commuters to go for their train tomorrow, sparking the predicted chaos after all. If that’s the case, we apologise in advance.

Featured image: chutney bannister

Last Updated 07 August 2017

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