In London and other parts of the UK, electricity has been cut off over a large area. Affected were trains, airports, thousands of households and even a hospital. Reason for the breakdown were according to data of the network operator National Grid two faulty power generators. The problems have now been resolved, the company said.
In the eastern part of Ipswich, even in a hospital, the electricity temporarily went out. However, the employees had ensured during the 20-minute failure that none of the patients were in danger, said a spokeswoman for the Ipswich Hospital of the German Press Agency.
According to a report, the lights in the meantime have run out at the airport in Newcastle. Newcastle Airport confirmed that it was hit by the incident, but assured via Twitter that the airport was "100 percent operational". The country's two largest airports, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, were reportedly unaffected.
Greater impact had the breakdown for train passengers. Many stations were in chaos. The Association of British Railways, National Rail, said that a large number of train connections was impaired, and scoreboards were partially affected. There were also reports of stationary trains from northern England and Wales. At Kings Cross station in London, where many trains leave for the north, nothing worked. He had to be closed because of overcrowding. Passengers were advised to stay at home.
The London subway line Victoria Line was reportedly paralyzed. The transport company Transport for London warned motorists of caution because of unusual traffic lights. Private households were not spared. Northern Power Grid, the regional network operator, said 110,000 people were cut off from the power grid in northeastern England.
The large-scale power outage in the UK, according to the grid operator National Grid is not due to "bad intent". According to initial research, it does not look as if a cyberattack has caused the previous day's disruptions, according to department head Duncan Bart, the BBC broadcaster.
Rather, National Grid attributed the glitch to the fact that two generators had failed consecutively, which was "unexpected and unusual". More than 900,000 people were affected by the blackout, and traffic was paralyzed in many places.
The network operator announced a report to the regulator Ofgem, which had already asked National Grid about it, "what went wrong", so that appropriate measures for the future could be taken. Industry experts suspect that initially a power plant in Bedfordshire, north of London, and then a wind farm offshore facility in Yorkshire had gone off the grid. Thereupon traffic lights fell off over large area, many trains stopped. (Afp / dpa / apa / red)