Massive power cut hits homes and train station

The outage has seen over 5000 homes lose electricity with it yet to be restored

[Image: Daniel Arrhakis]

Over 5000 households and the train station have been hit by a massive power cut this afternoon, causing chaos as traffic lights are out and rail services in and out of York are suspended. The City of York Council announced on Twitter at 15:46 that “significant disruption across road and rail” was occurring due to the outage.

Northern Powergrid confirmed that the power outage has affected 5058 properties. The energy company initially claimed that power would be restored by 16:45, but has now revised that estimate and claims power should be restored by 17:45.

Those who were intending to travel in and out of York by rail tonight have advised to travel tomorrow instead. The Council has evacuated its West Offices meaning no services will be available from that site. The Council has also cancelled its decision-making session that was due to take place this evening.

One student whose house has been affected by the outage told Nouse: “The power outage has affected by WiFi and my ability to do my essay which is due tomorrow. I am extremely frustrated by this massive inconvenience.”

You can keep informed of updates on the City of York Council website here.

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