COMMUTERS attempting to use Waterloo station have been loaded into containers and shipped 4,200 miles away.
Work has overrun on an £800m station upgrade, meaning train operators have been left with no choice but to transport passengers to a small island in the South Atlantic, never to return.
Commuter Helen Archer said: “Everything was fine until the announcer informed us there was no platform available and alternative arrangements had been made, which turned out to be being loaded into shipping containers subsequently put onto an RAF Hercules and flown to Ascension Island.
“I’ve called work and told them that I’m roughly midway between Africa and South America, and they have been very good about it – everyone’s been through something similar. We might get a free cup of tea in a bit.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “For customers’ convenience it has been necessary to use a rail replacement service which has sent them into permanent exile from the UK. They have been given vouchers for a sandwich.
“The revitalised Waterloo will have longer platforms, more capacity and a Space.NK.apothecary offering the world’s best beauty products. So it will be worth it.”