A signal failure caused widespread disruption to Southeastern trains to and from Charing Cross Station on Monday morning (August 5).

Southeastern said that "fewer" trains were able to run into Charing Cross on Monday with some services from the South East diverted to Victoria instead.

In a statement published Monday, a spokesperson for the railway company said that disruption on the following lines was expected "until midday".

Several routes listed below "may be delayed" but were expected to run to Charing Cross, the train company said:

  • Gravesend to Charing Cross
  • Dartford to Charing Cross via Sidcup, Bexleyheath or Woolwich
  • Sevenoaks and Orpington to Charing Cross via Grove Park
  • Hayes to Charing Cross

"A signalling problem has occurred on one of the two lines towards Charing Cross between Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

"Response staff from Network Rail have carried out repairs, but it has not resolved the problem so they are continuing to investigate to find the cause of the problem.

"The fault is with a track circuit, used by the signalling system to detect the location of trains and allows signals to show that the line is clear for trains to proceed," the spokesperson said.

Tweets posted by the company highlighted that repair teams from Network Rail had identified the problem around 5am, but were unable to fix the problem immediately, forcing the re-routing of routes and causing delays and "some cancellations" to others.

"The repairs made have not resolved the fault so the response teams are continuing to work to find the cause of the problem.

"Ramsgate and Dover to Charing Cross services will run to and from Victoria until the problem is resolved," one tweet from Southeastern read.

Underground services in the immediate area remained functional and Southeastern advised that passengers could use the tube to complete their journeys "at no extra cost".

"You can use London Underground between Charing Cross, Embankment, Cannon Street, Blackfriars, Southwark, London Bridge, Waterloo and Victoria at no extra cost to help you complete your journey," the spokesperson said.