Power cut hits London and southeast of England, halting trains

10 Août, 2019, 18:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Electricity pylons are seen in London in this Aug. 1 2017 file

National Grid, which owns the electricity and gas transmission system in England and Wales, said the cause of a major power cut across Britain has now been resolved.

The power cut is affecting travel with train services including Thameslink trains being hit.

"We are already very confident that there was no malicious intent or cyber attack involved", National Grid director of operations Duncan Burt told the BBC.

Keith Bell, a professor of electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said the power cut was a "relatively small event" compared to blackouts seen elsewhere around the world.

The power cut stopped traffic lights from working, plunged Newcastle Airport into darkness, affected Ipswich Hospital and caused huge disruption on the railways during the busy Friday night commute.

"This has prevented our trains between Farringdon and Bedford from being able to take power and as a result, most of our trains are now at a stand".

"Grand Central, Hull Trains and LNER services to and from London Kings Cross may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes".

He added: "This will require careful study to make sure that we do learn any lessons that come out of it and that the next time this happens disruption is minimised and hopefully a lot less than it was last night".

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The power cut meant traffic lights were out of action across the UK.

"It was like witnessing something out of an apocalyptic film".

Some social media users claimed they could not get "in or out" of London because of the power cut.

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

Problems with power were first detected late on Friday afternoon when UK Power Networks, which controls power lines for London and the South East, and Western Power Distribution in the Midlands, the South West and Wales both confirmed widespread outages.

Western Power Distribution shared a similar message, and said they are in the process of restoring power to customers.

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy said: "We are in contact with National Grid and Energy Distribution Networks".

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