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Powercuts Across Large Parts Of London And South East

Powercuts Across Large Parts Of London And South East”

There had been "issues with two power generators causing loss of power in selected United Kingdom areas", a spokeswoman for National Grid said.

As a result, almost 1,000,000 people were affected across large areas of the country.

Initially, it was assumed that London was the only area affected, but it soon became apparent that it stretched all the way to the South East and snatched chunks of the Midlands and the North West.

National Rail Enquiries, which is run by Britain's train companies, said "power supply problems" caused "disruption to a large number of train services".

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.

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.

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

Newcastle Airport was also plunged into darkness during the major power cut.

The hour-long outage on Friday evening left nearly 1 million homes without power while two of London's busiest train stations closed at rush-hour because of overcrowding as services were canceled or delayed.

A tweet said: "The power network has failed in the large parts of London and the South East". We may not be able to answer individual tweets at this time.

"All trains were stopped while our back-up signalling system started up".

Western Power Distribution said 90 percent of their affected customers had their power restored by 5:45 p.m., and work was continuing to restore power for everyone.

Mr Burt said National Grid is due to provide a "a detailed technical report" to Ofgem, which has already urgently demanded information as to what went wrong.

Previously, the UK Power Networks said on twitter that large parts of London and the South East are without electricity.



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