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09 Aug 2019 | 05:41 PM UTC

UK: Major power outage disrupts transportation services nationwide August 9 /update 1

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National Grid failure results in widespread power outage August 9; significant transportation disruptions reported across UK

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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UK: Major power outage reported August 9


A failure on the National Grid's network has caused widespread disruptions following a major power outage impacting much of the UK on Friday evening (local time), August 9. Officials indicate the outage is primarily impacting London and southeast England; operators in the North East, South East, Midlands, South West, and Wales regions have all been affected by the outage.

The outage has caused significant disruptions to rail services, including on Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, and Gatwick express lines. Transport for London indicated its rail signaling systems had experienced temporary disruptions but that power had been restored and service was resuming. Newcastle International Airport (NCL) had also reportedly been affected by the outage; however, officials indicated at 17:45 that operations were normal. In London, traffic disruptions have been reported as traffic lights stopped working. Police officers were deployed to busy intersections to assist with traffic flow. 

National Grid officials indicate that the power outage has been resolved as of 18:30. Residual transportation and business disruptions are to be expected in the UK over the coming hours. 


Individuals in the UK are advised to monitor developments, anticipate associated disruptions, and ensure electronic and battery-operated devices are fully charged when possible.


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