Major power failures affect trains, airports across UK

12 Août, 2019, 01:51 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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The Government plans to launch an investigation into the major power cut that affected nearly one million people in England and Wales. "The issue is now resolved and the system has returned to normal", said the National Grid, which owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales.

The UK is experiencing major power failures, with trains, airports and traffic lights having all been affected, the BBC reports.

Some operators said full services to and from the capital would be cancelled for Friday night.

Andrew Adonis, a former chairman of Britain's National Infrastructure Commission, said National Grid had "some big questions to answer" about how a relatively brief power cut had caused nationwide mayhem on the railways.

"This could include enforcement action".

Professor Tim Green, co-director of the Energy Futures Laboratory, Imperial College London, previously said that he believed the two disconnected generators were at Little Barford and Hornsea.

Traffic lights in some areas also stopped working.

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"There were some issues with regard to our outpatient areas and the generator that provides cover (to them)", said a spokeswoman for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

She added: "National Grid must urgently review and report to Ofgem. And what was happening was the frequency was falling, the system could see this, and unfortunately, the way the system protects itself is by losing some demand", said Julian Leslie, the head of National Control at National Grid ESO in a video statement posted to Twitter.

We're aware of a power cut affecting a large area of London and South East.

Industry experts believe the blackout was prompted by a gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire, north of London, and then an offshore wind farm in Yorkshire, northern England, both disconnecting from the grid.

Trains began to run out of King's Cross late on Friday night after the station was shut down amid "apocalyptic" rush-hour scenes across England.

Delays and cancellations continued Saturday at London's King's Cross, one of the country's busiest train stations. Passengers were filmed forcing their ways through the barriers in an attempt to get themselves on to the first northbound service after services were halted for several hours.

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