Power Cut Causes Transport Chaos Across The UK

King's Cross station shut completely while Merseyrail and Thameslink are among the many train lines affected.

A power cut that affected large parts of England has led to delays on numerous train networks across the UK.

Outages began taking place at around 4.30pm on Friday afternoon and were caused by a failure to National Grid’s network.

London Underground passengers shared videos that show station tunnels in complete darkness:

Welcome to Clapham Junction #powercut pic.twitter.com/sPppOOqRge

— Steph (@stefidoo) August 9, 2019

While power was restored within approximately 30 minutes, the failure has led to delays and cancellations with London North Eastern Railway advising customers not to travel, suspending all services into and out of London’s King Cross.

#LNERUpdate - Due to a major failure of the electricity supply, services into and out of King's Cross are suspended. Customer advice is DO NOT TRAVEL. Customers holding tickets for today, Friday 9th August, may use their tickets tomorrow Saturday 10th August.

— London North Eastern Railway (@LNER) August 9, 2019

Hull Trains has also suspended all services to and from King’s Cross and the London station later shut entirely with travellers being advised to return on Saturday.

At 6pm, Thameslink reported delays across its network, with trains between Farringdon and Bedford at a stand.

They later confirmed that there would be no services north of London for the remainder of Friday.

#TLUpdates - Our advice remains not to travel on our services north of London as there is no service for the rest of the day following an electricity supply failure affecting Southern England

ℹ️ Full info on this can be found here 👇https://t.co/QPMBQtqfW5

— Thameslink (@TLRailUK) August 9, 2019

National Rail has confirmed that Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Southern services are also being affected while Merseyrail said all services on the Wirral Line in Merseyside are suspended.

Disruption was expected until at least 8pm, but many lines remain affected. People planning to travel are being advised to check the National Rail website for updates.

Many trains that were in transit between stations have been affected, leaving travellers stranded for up to three hours.

I've just spent 3 hours stranded on a train in a tunnel, been evacuated from said train and just been dropped off at kings cross after being helped by friendly police, thank you @networkrail and @CityLonPolice for being so calm lovely! #powercut #stranded

— Clementine Rimmer (@ClemmieRimmer) August 9, 2019

Being evacuated off a train after 2 hours stranded in the dark in a tunnel. Like a bad movie. So much for taking a day off work to relax! #powercut pic.twitter.com/dFob5j4i2i

— anna stansfeld (@annastansfeld) August 9, 2019

Was on the train home from working in Leeds today when the national power outages began. Train stranded at Newark Northgate; all passengers advised to abandon the journey and either head back North or travel tomorrow.

— Dr Samantha Mitschke (@SamMitschke) August 9, 2019

Imagine I was on a train when the powercut hit and stranded us in the middle of nowhere for 3 hours so now I'm doing this instead of watching the first game of the season pic.twitter.com/M7DHYNaOzh

— alex (@alexndernd) August 9, 2019

A spokesperson for British Transport Police urged passengers to remain on trains that aren’t in stations and await updates.

“We know this is frustrating for passengers, but I’d like to assure you every step is being taken to get you on the move and to restore services,” they said.

In London, police officers could be forced to man busy junctions where traffic lights have been shut down by a power cut, a spokeswoman for Transport for London has confirmed.

She said some traffic lights are “not working” but the scale of the problem is not yet known.

Police officers could be called in to “manage the busy junctions, to physically manage them themselves,” she said.

“We’re just assessing how many traffic signals are out.”

Some of TfL’s systems which control traffic lights are also “not operating”, she said.

Harriet Jackson described an “apocalyptic” scene when she witnessed the power outage causing traffic lights to cut out in Battersea, London, after leaving Clapham Junction train station at around 5pm.

#ClaphamJunction what just happened?! The whole area plunged into the dark ages for about half an hour... #howdoicross #fridaymadness #powerfailure pic.twitter.com/ysJWKcJ9wI

— Harriet Rose Jackson (@harrietrose_93) August 9, 2019

“I realised that nothing was open and there was hardly any phone signal,” the 26-year-old told Press Association.

“All the traffic lights were down, but there were no police present, which meant it was dangerous to cross – cars weren’t stopping either.

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

“No one knew what was going on and, given it’s a Friday afternoon, it’s the last thing you want to encounter.”

The power cut also affected homes and businesses nationwide.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said 110,000 of its customers lost power.

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

Northern Powergrid serves 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Those affected lost power between around 5.10pm and 6pm – around half an hour later than those in Southern areas of the UK.

The power cuts were “quite spread apart, [which is] quite unusual”, the spokeswoman said.


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