Like many Putney people (and anyone else from the south-west of London, and England) The Putney Paper was caught up in the frustration of trying to get home on Monday night when the entire South West Trains network was up the creek.
Staff at Waterloo were less than helpful, seeming to wilfully lett trains leave without informing anyone they were soon to be departing or where they were going, leaving many commuters rushing hither and thither from platform to platform to see trains leave clearly half empty beyond the first few carriages where the majority of lazy people leap (go down the platform people, there’s more room).
This no doubt left many SW15ers stuck with long journeys home on the District Line which felt all the more busy due to the amount of people forced to do a journey they normally rely on the train for – thus adding huge numbers to the always stretched District Line.
Eventually, an hour and a bit after having reached Waterloo expecting a quiet 15 minute trundle home, The Putney Paper returned to its natural place of rest and relaxation and was pleased to find everything was very much as it should be.
It’s always something of a reminder when transport goes down those trains are pretty much the best route to London we’ve got, as you ain’t walking back that’s for sure, and the tube, buses and taxis are by turns packed, slow and packed and expensive and empty. For those beyond Putney you could be faced with a night in London beyond your choice.