Waterloo station 'deserted' as commuters take other routes to avoid major work

Waterloo station 'deserted' as commuters take other routes to avoid major work

Waterloo station 'deserted' as commuters take other routes to avoid major work

As they headed into the first working day of the major overhaul, it appeared many rail users had heeded the warnings of the disruption and had either made a decision to stay at home, altered their journey times or mode of transport as the predicted chaos failed to materialise. They included @johnpaulboi: "I'm on the 8.11 from Surbiton to Waterloo".

Upgrades and essential engineering work...

In the coming weeks rail passengers using Euston, London Bridge and Charing Cross will also experience periods of closure or disruption.

South-West Trains has cancelled 9,600 trains from Waterloo as it shuts 50 per cent of its platforms until August 28.

In the middle of the engineering work, on 20 August, South West Trains will be handing over the franchise to new operators First Group and Hong Kong-based MTR.

To ease some of the impact of the construction work, the old Eurostar platforms at the station are being used for the first time since the cross-Channel service moved to St Pancras in 2007.

The £800m will get the station ready for longer trains and provide space for 30% extra passengers during the busiest times of the day. This will come as a welcome relief for passengers with many routes suffering from severe overcrowding as passenger numbers have increased in recent years.

Waterloo sees the first big test of getting commuters to work today as a result of the Waterloo and South West Upgrade.

Works at Britain's busiest station have begun causing weeks of disrupted services on the South West Trains network into London as nearly half of Waterloo's platforms are closed.

Most stations on the network will see the number of rush-hour trains more than halved.

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