British National Grid rules out cyber-attack over mass power cut

A motorist gets out of his vehicle to direct traffic after a power cut in the area leads to traffic lights failing on the A167 Durham Road in Low Fell Gateshead this evening

A motorist gets out of his vehicle to direct traffic after a power cut in the area leads to traffic lights failing on the A167 Durham Road in Low Fell Gateshead this evening

Transport for London said the drop in power is affecting traffic lights in the capital, while many train lines are facing delays and cancellations.

Electricity companies across the country said hundreds of thousands of customers were affected by the cut, including London's King's Cross station, which is one of the main hubs for northbound trains.

But they say renewable energy such as wind power can create problems for the National Grid.

Depending on what industry leaders report, Ofgem has warned that "enforcement action" may be taken.

A National Grid ESO spokesperson said: "We experienced issues with two power generators causing loss of power in selected United Kingdom areas".

Speaking to the BBC this morning, National Grid ESO operations director Duncan Burt acknowledged the "immense disruption" caused to consumers, but added that recovery process had "worked well" in the "incredibly rare" circumstances involved.

He said National Grid would provide a "a detailed technical report" to Ofgem, which has already urgently demanded information as to what went wrong.

The event occurred at around 5 pm local time and lasted about 1.5 hours, National Grid said.

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The Transport Department had said, "Today (Friday) the journey has been affected due to disrupted power supply".

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

Police officers could be forced to man busy junctions where traffic lights have been shut down.

Professor Keith Bell, expert in electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said the country's power systems should be regularly reviewed as the United Kingdom sought to cut its carbon emissions. "It was like witnessing something out of an apocalyptic film", Ms Harriet Jackson told Britain's Press Association in south London.

The scale of outage and the disruption it caused drew criticism from Labour and trade unions.

He said that there was "no indication" that the power cut was due to a lack of investment in major infrastructure.

"Some of the spaces in the airport have little daylight - we were literally plunged into darkness and people were using their phones as torches to see and get around".

Many trains were delayed or canceled on Britain's national rail network, with efforts to return services to normal hampered by severe weather on Saturday.

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