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

Andrew Cummings
August 10, 2019

A statement by National Grid on Friday night said the issue had been resolved, though train services across the country were widely disrupted, with carriages being stranded in some areas.

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

The outage lasted for several hours, affecting around 300,000 customers in London and the southeast, and 500,000 in the Midlands, southwest England and Wales, according to regional power utilities.

Passengers at Newcastle Airport said the power went on for about 15 minutes, but Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports said they were not affected.

Investigations are underway into the cause of a major power cut that left almost one million people in England and Wales without electricity.


The power failure came as heavy rainstorms drenched the London area, causing flooding at Luton Airport, around 47 kilometres north of the capital.

"There were some issues with regard to our outpatient areas and the generator that provides cover (to them)", said a spokeswoman for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

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

"(I) realised that nothing was open and there was hardly any phone signal", the 26-year-old told PA.

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


Road users were also affected by the power cut as traffic lights were also out of action.

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

UK Power Networks has said: "We believe this is due to a failure to National Grid's network, which is affecting our customers".

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.

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


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