Hundreds of homes and businesses across the capital remained without power 24 hours after a fire tore through an electricity substation leading to rush hour transport chaos. The fire happened on Tuesday (March 29) and led to the closing of major road links such as the Blackwall, Rotherhithe and Limehouse tunnels as traffic lights losing power.
Despite the transport system resuming this morning (March 30) homes and businesses in over 40 postcodes remained powerless this afternoon. UK Power Networks, which is responsible for electricity in London, published a map of areas hit by the cut.
The fire in Poplar was the main reason for the blackout, but another major electricity cable also played up, leaving engineers frantic and outages reported as far east as Rainham. The map shows that east London, near where the substation caught fire in Poplar, was badly hit with major outages reported as far east as Rainham. Bromley in south London was affected, as was north London’s Barnet.
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Most customers had power restored by 3.45pm today – over 24 hours after the substation fire erupted at 12.48pm the day before. The substation fire and power cut was thought to have originally affected 38,000 people.
Understandably Londoners were annoyed and took to social media to vent.
One wrote: “I wasn’t even supposed to go into the office today but a bloody power cut made me and now I’m in the Chinese a few pints down spending way too much money and getting prepared to be too drunk than I should be.”
Another said: “The power, Internet and water is still off in our part of #Limehouse, after almost ten hours, so we’ve made the typically British response to a time of national crisis and decamped to Wetherspoons #E14 #powercut.”
A third added: “When is this power cut gonna be sorted out??? I can’t take this any longer.”
UK Power Networks said the blackouts were caused by a fault on a high voltage underground electricity cable as well as the substation blaze.
A statement read: “Power supplies were restored to the E1 and E14 areas at around 5am today after a substation fire yesterday. Since that time we have turned power off to a small number of customers while additional work takes place. We advice anyone who is still without power to contact us on 105.”
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