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UK NewsBritain comes to a standstill as huge power failure affects up to a million people and causes travel chaos

00:00  10 august  2019
00:00  10 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Power outages, first reported around 5pm, caused disruption on roads and rail networks – with many services brought to a standstill . A massive power cut plunged huge swathes of England and Wales into darkness with energy companies estimating up to one million people were affected .

A power cut across swathes of England and Wales left almost a million people without electricity as traffic lights were knocked out, trains came to a standstill and aircraft were grounded during rush hour. A back- up generator failed at Ipswich Hospital after the power cut, a spokeswoman said.

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A massive power cut plunged huge swathes of England and Wales into darkness with energy companies estimating up to one million people were affected.

Blackouts were reported in London, the South East, the Midlands and the North West and eyewitnesses reported “apocalyptic” scenes at the start of the rush hour.

Traffic lights dimmed, alarms spontaneously sounded and information screens at airports and major train stations were wiped.

Power outages, first reported around 5pm, caused widespread chaos on roads and rail networks – with many services brought to a standstill and scores more subject to delays and cancellations.

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'Apocalyptic scenes'

Traffic lights dimmed, alarms spontaneously sounded and information screens at airports and major train stations were wiped (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Issues with two generators caused a loss of power across parts of the UK but the National Grid Electricity System Operator said power was “restored” by 7pm. Around 300,000 homes and business were affected in London and the South East, according to UK Power Networks.

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

Northern Powergrid, which serves 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said 110,000 customers lost power yesterdaybetween around 5.10pm and 6pm. And energy provider SSE said more than 16,000 customers were affected.

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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Harriet Jackson, 26, said the chaos at Clapham Junction station in south-west London at 5pm was like “witnessing something out of an apocalyptic film”.

She added: “I realised that nothing was open and there was hardly any phone signal. All the traffic lights were down, but there were no police present, which meant it was dangerous to cross – cars weren’t stopping either. No one knew what was going on.”

Travel chaos

Scott McKenzie was travelling through Newcastle Airport when the power cut out for around 15 minutes, in what he was told by officials was “due to a wider problem in the region”.

The 31-year-old from Cardiff said: “We were plunged into darkness and people were using their phones as torches to see and get around.

“It was a bit worrying, more so because various alarms were going off and staff clearly didn’t quite know what was going on either.”

The issue was “resolved” and power was restored to those affected by 6.40pm a Government spokesman said.

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

Power cuts plunge London and parts of UK into chaos as businesses and transport grind to a halt 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. 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. © Provided by Oath Inc.

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He said the failure happened around 6.15pm and there were likely to be a number of people stuck underground. National Grid has got to get the circuit back." A spokesman for British Transport Police said the power cut had affected all major railway stations in south London.

National Grid said: “We had an unexpected and unusual event, the loss of two generators that connect to the GB transmission system, which led to a fall in the frequency of the electricity system.

“Even though these events are outside our control, we have plans in place to respond and the system operated as planned.”

It confirmed that the system is “operating normally”.

Chaos on the railways

Friday night commuters were halted in their tracks as widespread power outage affected rail services across England and Wales.

The power cut stopped trains leaving from and arriving at major London terminals and services in areas including Newport in south Wales, Eastbourne in east Sussex, Three Bridges in west Sussex and Exeter in Devon.

Some people were reportedly evacuated from trains after being stranded in darkness, in a tunnel for two hours.

One woman described it on Twitter as “like a bad movie”, adding: “So much for taking a day off work to relax!”

The BBC’s economics editor Faisal Islam was among the passengers left in travel limbo. He shared a photo of an apparently stationary train and wrote on Twitter: “Chaos on the east coast main line... just been told Kings Cross closed.... after national grid outtage....”

Some commuters, however, found humour in a dark moment. One man heading to the capital wrote: “Stuck on a train into London because of the power cut. It’s been almost 15 minutes now. Some people are screaming, some are writing their wills and many have started eating each other just to stay alive. We can’t cope. Please send help!!!”

Rail services in England and Wales remained severely disrupted last night with many passengers unable to complete their journeys. Network Rail advised people check with train operators before setting off.

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