Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

National Grid Says Cause of Major UK Power Cut Has Been Resolved

National Grid Says Cause of Major UK Power Cut Has Been Resolved

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, south-west and Wales, said there was a "major incident".

"All the traffic lights were down, but there were no police present, which meant it was risky to cross - cars weren't stopping either".

A power cut has caused disruption on the trains.

Commuters in the United Kingdom faced chaos as a huge power cut affected lights and traffic lights during Friday rush hour.

Northern Powergrid said 110,000 of its customers lost power between 17:10 BST and 18:00 BST, while Electricity North West said at least 26,000 people were without power in the North West.

Earlier UK Power Networks said in a post of social media that there were aware of a power cut affecting a large area of London and South East.

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

There are also reports of some airports having been affected by a lack of power, though this is yet to be confirmed.

Traffic lights in the capital are also experiencing some problems and police could be forced to man busy junctions where traffic lights have been shut down, Transport for London said.

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

"We were literally plunged into darkness and people were using their phones as torches to see and get around", he added.

A WPD tweet said: "We are now experiencing a major incident on the national electricity infrastructure".

National Grid said it was caused by issues with two power generators but the problem was now resolved.

Many Thameslink trains are also "at a stand" between London and Bedford.

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