Major power outage strikes the UK


Thameslink, the network that services both Gatwick and Luton airports, has announced that “services running across the whole network may be cancelled or delayed” for the rest of the day.

A spokesperson said: “A widescale failure of the power grid has brought many of our trains that use the overhead wires to a stand. This is causing significant disruption to Thameslink and Great Northern trains. Services may be cancelled, delayed or revised until the end of the day. We have put in place alternative travel advice which is available on our website and national rail enquiries and on social media and would urge passengers to check before they travel. We are doing everything we can to keep passengers informed and get them moving again.”


They added: “The trains have been affected by the power outage to the point where they require a technician to restart them. As this will take time, we are beginning to evacuate some of the trains that are stranded outside platforms. Our advice to customers is to stay on board trains for their own safety.”

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “There was a power surge on the national grid this evening which means we lost power to all our signalling over a wide area, including the Newport, Gloucester, Ashford, Bristol, Eastbourne, Hastings, Three Bridges and Exeter areas.”

The problem was initially thought to affect London and the South East but also impacted swathes of the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West.

Newcastle Airport was plunged into darkness for about 15 minutes.

Western Power said 500,000 people were affected in its distribution area.


Energy watchdog Ofgem has demanded an urgent report from National Grid after a major power cut caused “apocalyptic” rush-hour scenes and cut electricity for almost one million people in England and Wales.

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