Major power cuts across UK hit airports, traffic lights and trains

Mail Online | 8/9/2019 | James Wood For Mailonline
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One million people have been affected by major blackouts today after power cuts hit homes, airports, traffic lights and trains due to a 'failure of the National Grid'.

The loss of electricity plunged large swathes of the UK into chaos, including London and the South East, as well as the Midlands and the North West.

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It was caused by a problem with two generators, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator. Although the issue has now been 'resolved', there is still major disruption across the country.

In London, commuters have been plunged into darkness on the Victoria Line while traffic lights in Battersea lost power in scenes described as 'apocalyptic' by those affected.

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All services out of London King's Cross are cancelled, and Thameslink trains are being held 'at a stand' as British Transport Police confirmed they are assisting station staff and crowds.

Passengers have also been left waiting on planes in Luton and Newcastle, with the former airport also affected by flooding this afternoon. In Ipswich, a hospital has also been left without power.

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Elsewhere in Derbyshire, homes have been left entirely without power with one resident telling MailOnline of burglar alarms going off and police sirens in the area. Another said they feared missing their honeymoon due to the travel chaos.

UK Power Networks, Western Power Distribution in the Midlands and Northern Powergrid all reported outages - due to a failure on National Grid's network.

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Around 300,000 UK Power Networks customers were affected in London and the South East, a spokeswoman said and Western Power Distribution said around 500,000 people were affected in the Midlands, South West and Wales, with power restored to them all shortly after 6pm.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 of its customers lost power, while at least...
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