Huge power cut brings UK to its knees with trains halted and traffic signals off… One million affected

UK power cut plunges Britain into darkness as National Grid outage sparks travel chaos with trains, tubes and traffic lights paralysed

A HUGE power cut has hit the UK with trains, Tubes and traffic lights cutting out across the country sparking national chaos.

Britain was plunged into darkness at rush hour with large parts of London, the South East, Liverpool, Glasgow, Wales, Gloucestershire and Manchester all without electricity.

Nearla a million people faced blackouts after two National Grid generators spectacularly failed leaving airports, train lines and Tube stations in turmoil.

Western Power Distrubiton, which serves the Midlands, South West and Wales said 500,000 people were affected, while Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 of its customers lost power. Electricity North West said a further 26,000 customers were affected.

Londoners described “apocalyptic” scenes after the country was plunged into blackness at around 5pm.

Commuter Harriet Jackson said: “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.

Huge power cut paralyses Britain: One million people are affected as blackouts hit homes, airports, traffic lights and trains across the country after ‘failure of the National Grid’

  • Blackouts were reported in London and the South East today, as well as Midlands and North East of England
  • Victoria Line was plunged into darkness as result of the outage which affected millions across the country
  • Power cuts caused by problem with two generators, according to National Grid Electricity System Operator
  • It is now investigating the cause of the problem, which has been ‘resolved’ although some disruption remains
  • The National Cyber Security Centre’s incident management team has been in touch with the National Grid
  • Although after an investigation the centre said ‘there is no evidence the issue was related to a cyber incident’
  • Those caught up in chaos have described ‘apocalyptic’ scenes with commuters disembarking trains on tracks
  • **Have you been affected by power cuts today? Email james.wood@mailonline.co.uk or call 0203 615 2574**

 

 

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