Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Widespread power cut across United Kingdom affecting Scottish trains


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

Transport for London have confirmed that parts of the tube network, as well as some traffic lights have been impacted by the blackout.

Harriet Jackson, 26, said there was an "apocalyptic" scene on Northcote Road, in Battersea, when traffic lights cut out and cars were not stopping.

The Victoria line stopped working due to a power cut.

Power failures were reported as far apart as London in southeast England and Cheshire in the northwest.

Trains that were in operation have broken down and come to a standstill coming in and out of the city, furious passengers have said.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: "There was a power surge on the national grid this evening which means we lost power to all our signalling over a wide area, including the Newport, Gloucester, Ashford, Bristol, Eastbourne, Hastings, Three Bridges and Exeter areas".

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Police were called to busy junctions to man the flow of traffic.

Scott McKenzie, 31, from Cardiff, said "various alarms were going off" at Newcastle Airport.

Shortly before 6:30 a National Grid spokesperson said that there had been "issues with two power generators causing loss of power in selected United Kingdom areas".

Large chunks of Britain, including London, were hit with a power cut Friday afternoon that disrupted train travel and snarled rush-hour traffic.

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.

It said on Twitter: "We are now experiencing a major incident on the national electricity infrastructure".

Thameslink said most of its trains were now at a standstill between London and Bedford.

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