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Commuter chaos as United Kingdom hit by major power failures

Commuter chaos as United Kingdom hit by major power failures”

A tweet said: "The power network has failed in the large parts of London and the South East".

The outage on Friday night left thousands of travellers stranded as it caused major disruption to the country's railways as well as traffic lights.

Later on, some LNER trains were running southbound into King's Cross, and services to Stevenage and Peterborough from London also resumed, but not further up the East Coast Main Line.

It also affected road travel, with traffic lights not working on London streets.

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

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

Mr Burt said the power cut had "nothing" to do with changes in wind speed or the variability of wind.

Members of the public posted images on social media, which showed the tube network in the darkness and people having to use their mobile phones as torches.

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Javid was visiting National Grid bosses and trainees at its Eakring Training Centre in where he blamed a drop in GDP - announced yesterday - on challenging conditions in the world economy.

Professor Bell said that although Friday's incident was "massively disruptive", it was "relatively small" when compared against recent power cuts in other parts of the world where whole countries can suffer blackouts.

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

That still meant some delays because of safety requirements, says Nick King, network services director for Network Rail.

The power outage caused commuter chaos in London at rush hour.

He said that there was "no indication" that the power cut was due to a lack of investment in major infrastructure.

According to power utilities around the country, almost one million people had to grapple with the blackout, including 300,000 in London and southeast England and 500,000 in the Midlands, southwest England and Wales. A hospital spokeswoman said staff were working "flat out" to keep patients safe.

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



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