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UK NewsPower cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt

22:30  09 august  2019
22:30  09 august  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

Emergency brake used to halt 'runaway' Caledonian Sleeper train after it overshoots Waverley Station in Edinburgh

Emergency brake used to halt 'runaway' Caledonian Sleeper train after it overshoots Waverley Station in Edinburgh An overnight train from London had to be halted with an emergency brake after being unable to stop at Waverley Station today. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The incident around 7:30am caused major commuter disruption after the Caledonian Sleeper service came to a halt at a junction in Abbeyhill, blocking the east coast main line. Operator Serco told The Scotsman tonight: "We can confirm the emergency brake is what brought the train to a halt and was deployed by train manager." The Sleeper driver is understood to have sent an emergency message to signallers to be given a clear path through the station.

A huge outage at the National Grid also affected Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Glasgow and saw trains and traffic lights cutting out.

A huge outage at the National Grid also affected Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Glasgow and saw trains and traffic lights cutting out.

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.

A huge outage at the National Grid caused widespread power cuts across the country, causing “apocalyptic” rush hour scenes in major cities such as London and Liverpool.

Britain was plunged into chaos as large parts of the South East, Glasgow, Cardiff and Greater Manchester were all left without electricity.

The outage affected traffic lights, tubes and trains to cut out during the Friday rush hour.

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Chaos at London Euston after signal meltdown Thousands of rail passengers had their journeys delayed after all lines were blocked in and out of Euston Station. © Other The concourse at London Euston was packed with people waiting to find out what was going on The severe disruption was caused by a fault with the signalling system. Pictures on social media showed huge crowds gathered inside the station in central London after services ground to a halt. Problems were first reported around 4pm on Thursday and National Rail warned passengers of "major disruption" after all services in and out were stopped.

Britain was plunged into chaos as large parts of the South East, Glasgow, Cardiff and Greater Manchester were all left without electricity. Pictures on social media showed huge crowds gathered inside the station in central London after services ground to a halt .

Power cuts spark transport chaos in London - video. Large parts of England and Wales were left British Transport police said officers were asked to help as services on the east coast mainline, as A National Grid spokesperson said the generator issues had caused “loss of power in selected UK

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt © Provided by Oath Inc. An empty shop in darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.

Thousands of homes experienced power cuts after two generators at the National Grid failed.

Around 300,000 UK Power Networks customers were affected in London and the South East.

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt © Provided by Oath Inc. People walking through Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.

Western Power Distribution said around 500,000 people were affected in the Midlands, South West and Wales.

Major power cut hits householders, transport in large parts of Britain

Major power cut hits householders, transport in large parts of Britain Major power cut hits householders, transport in large parts of Britain

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A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 of its customers lost power.

At least 26,000 people were without power in the North West of England, Electricity North West said.

The National Grid now says the problems have been fixed, with power returning to homes shortly at around 6.40pm.

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London bound train networks, including Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express services, are facing delays and cancellations as a result of the rush hour chaos.

Widespread power cut across UK affecting Scottish trains

Widespread power cut across UK affecting Scottish trains Widespread power cuts caused major travel disruption across the UK earlier today, including delaying train services to and from Edinburgh. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Large parts of England were without electricity following a large scale power cut causing transport disruption including trains travelling to and from Edinburgh breaking down. Blackouts had been reported in London and the South East, as well as the Midlands and the North West.

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to halt . “While customers were impressed with Emirates’ chauffeur service, BA was slated for a business and first-class service that seemed outdated compared with its rivals.”

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Tube passengers were stuck in a tunnel between Oxford Circus and Green Park stations for 25 minutes.

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt © Provided by Oath Inc. Passengers wait for news at Peterborough station during travel disruption on the East Coast mainline, after a large power cut has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.

Around 30 sets of traffic lights went down in Glasgow, Scotland, while Newcastle airport Newcastle Airport blacked out as the result of a power cut.

Scott McKenzie, who was travelling through the airport, said: “It was a bit worrying to start - more so because various alarms were going off and staff clearly didn't quite know what was going on either.

“Some of the spaces in the airport have little daylight - we were literally plunged into darkness and people were using their phones as torches to see and get around.”

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "We currently have BTP officers assisting at several stations owing to current disruption caused by power issues."

UK power cut disrupts rail and road traffic in rush hour

UK power cut disrupts rail and road traffic in rush hour LONDON (AP) — A power cut disrupted train travel and snarled rush-hour traffic across large chunks of Britain, including London, on Friday afternoon. Power supplier National Grid said two generators failed at the same time around 5 p.m. (1600GMT) in an "unexpected and unusual event," but that the system was back to normal about 90 minutes later. It was unclear why the generators failed. Electricity companies across the country said hundreds of thousands of customers were affected by the cut, including London's King's Cross station, which is one of the main hubs for northbound trains.

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National Rail Enquiries, which is run by Britain's train companies, said: "Power supply problems are currently causing disruption to a large number of train services. Information screens in some areas are also affected.

"The UK power network has failed in the large parts of London and the South East.

“This has prevented trains across the Great Northern network and between Farringdon and Bedford from being able to take power and as a result, most trains are currently at a stand."

UK Power Networks tweeted on Friday evening: "We're aware of a power cut affecting large parts of London and South East.

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt © Provided by Oath Inc. A LNER staff member pushes a trolley of bottled water at Peterborough station, as passengers wait for news during travel disruption on the East Coast mainline, after a large power cut has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.

"We believe this is due to a failure on National Grid's network, which is affecting our customers."

Elsewhere in the country, Cheshire Police tweeted: “We're aware of a power outage in the Ellesmere Port area, including in Great Sutton and Little Sutton.”

“Our call handlers are unable to assist, please contact your electricity provider for advice.”

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