first_imgHad 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 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 Major works at Waterloo till 28 August. Temporary timetable with a reduced service in place. Trains are very busy.— South West Trains (@SW_Trains) August 7, 2017 And for a lucky few, their commute was quicker Seven stations in south west London will be closed during the works, according to Network Rail’s website. They are:Chessington NorthChessington SouthEarlsfieldMalden ManorNorbitonQueenstown RoadTolworthAnd there will be fewer at a further six:Clapham JunctionSurbitonWokingPutneyKingstonRichmondAn average of 270,000 journeys are normally made to or from Waterloo every day. Yeah, strangely my Waterloo to Richmond commute was actually better today, train almost empty with plenty of seats. Expected the opposite.— Yuriy Akopov (@y_akopov) August 7, 2017 #waterlooupgrade apart from slow running from Clapham today was a breeze! Empty trains, air conditioned train 😎Mortlake to Waterloo— Conor Campbell (@conorarbitro) August 7, 2017 What stations will be affected?South West Trains have warned passengers at stations such as Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Woking and Guildford will be “exceptionally busy” as they will have fewer services running and customers could be forced to queue to get in.center_img Looks like the entire commuting population of Kingston is “working from home”, judging by the almost empty 06.59 to #Waterloo.— Liz Shaw (@Liz_Shaw) August 7, 2017 Eerily quiet on the train this morning #waterloo #waterlooupgrade— Messer Best (@MesserBest) August 7, 2017 My @SW_Trains train journey to #Waterloo was quicker today because my train didn’t stop at Earlsfield or vauxhall !! #Waterlooupgrade— Ciara Lawrence (@ciarale01) August 7, 2017 This morning at 7:35am both Clapham junction and train to Waterloo were empty!— Pikejump (@massimauri) August 7, 2017 It was thought the Waterloo upgrade work would disrupt commuters and cause travel chaos as it went underway and almost half of the platforms at the UK’s busiest train station closed for a major overhaul.However, those who managed to get a train into work on Monday morning found that unlike a usual weekday, they had their pick of seats in empty carriages.For those who didn’t live in places the trains weren’t serving, their commutes were faster as their trains made less stops.People took to social media to post their joy and relief about their ‘best commute ever’, assuming the rest of their fellow commuters had either gone on holiday, taken a different route or worked from home.Carriages empty as commuters shun trains into Waterloo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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