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

Daniel Fowler
August 10, 2019

National Grid, which owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales, said there had been a rare and unusual issue which had led to the nearly simultaneous loss of power from two generators.

The Transport Department had said, "Today (Friday) the journey has been affected due to disrupted power supply".

She said the problem was with the National Grid's transmission network, which distributes high voltage energy from power stations across the UK.

BBC also quoted Network Rail as saying that trains across large parts of England were stopped after a "power surge on the National Grid" but its signaling system has now come back online.

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.

Trains began to run out of King's Cross late on Friday night after the station was shut down amid "apocalyptic" rush-hour scenes across England.

London North Eastern Railway tweeted on Friday evening: "Services heading towards London are now able to depart however due to congestion across the network it will take some time to clear the backlog".

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It has vowed to "learn any lessons" from what it described as an "unexpected and unusual event", which saw evening commuters stranded on trains, traffic lights failing and homes plunged into darkness.

Some social media users claimed they could not get "in or out" of London because of the power cut.

Train services to and from London were particularly badly hit, with many being told to avoid travelling until Saturday.

'We're aware of a power cut affecting a large area of London and South East, ' they said.

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

It also saw police officers manning several junctions in London as traffic lights also suffered power cuts.

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