Major Power Failure Affecting Trains And Airports In Large Areas Of UK

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Power is now back on in some parts, but trains are still affected - and services may be cancelled, delayed or revised until the end of the day.

The outage - which has affected rail services and airports - happened at about 5.30pm.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: "There was a power surge on the national grid this evening which means we lost power to all our signalling over a wide area, including the Newport, Gloucester, Ashford, Bristol, Eastbourne, Hastings, Three Bridges and Exeter areas".

Trains that were in operation have broken down and come to a standstill coming in and out of the city, furious passengers have said. The BBC's Emma Petrie said there was a Tannoy announcement asking passengers to leave the station.

Kings Cross has just been evacuated.

Transport for London tweeted: "Due to a large scale National Grid failure there is a power cut in the London and South East areas, meaning that some traffic lights are down".

A spokesperson said "we believe this is due to a failure to National Grid's network, which is affecting our customers".

Blackouts were reported across the South East, Midlands, South West, North East and Wales. Western Power Distribution said 90 percent of their affected customers had their power restored by 5:45 p.m., and work was continuing to restore power for everyone. "We are sorry for the inconvenience this is causing".

Police were called to busy junctions to man the flow of traffic. Like GTA out here.

Train services in and out of London, including Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express are facing delays and cancellations because of the disruption, according to Sky News.

Large parts of the United Kingdom are without electricity following a large scale power cut.

TfL reported that the Victoria Line on the London Underground was suspended.

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