Major power failure puts life to a standstill in the United Kingdom

Major power failures have been reported across large areas of the UK, affecting homes and transport networks.

Blackouts have been reported across the South East, Midlands, South West, North East and Wales.

UK Power Networks said the issue was caused by a “failure on National Grid’s network”.

Trains have been delayed and cancelled across England and Wales, while the drop in power is affecting traffic lights in London.

Passengers at Newcastle Airport said the power cut out for around 15 minutes, but Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports said they had not been affected.

Scott McKenzie speaking with the BBC from the Newcastle Airport said, “We were literally plunged into darkness and people were using their phones as torches to see and get around.”

UK Power Networks said: “We’re aware of a power cut affecting large parts of London and the South East.”

Network Rail said all trains had been stopped after a “power surge on the National Grid” but its signalling system had come back online.

Passengers have been warned to expect delays.

Source : Various