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Over a million effected by power cut in Britain

Over a million effected by power cut in Britain

The power cut was caused after two power stations disconnected from the grid "near simultaneously", the National Grid said, but ruled out any kind of malicious intent or cyber attack.

As a result, almost 1,000,000 people were affected across large areas of the country.

The power cut stopped traffic lights from working, plunged Newcastle Airport into darkness, affected Ipswich Hospital and caused huge disruption on the railways during the busy Friday night commute.

She said the problem was with the National Grid's transmission network, which distributes high voltage energy from power stations across the UK.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 of its customers lost power, while at least 26,000 people were without power in the North West of England, Electricity North West said.

The National Grid say they are aware of an issue.

Trains between Stevenage and Kings Cross are at a standstill.

The power cut meant traffic lights were out of action across the UK.

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Passengers were filmed forcing their ways through the barriers in an attempt to get themselves on to the first northbound service after services were halted for several hours.

"This will require careful study to make sure that we do learn any lessons that come out of it and that the next time this happens disruption is minimized".

Parts of London and the southeast of England have been hit by a large-scale power cut.

The failures of two generators are to be blamed for the mass power cuts across the United Kingdom on Friday, according to National Grid, the Electricity System Operator in Great Britain.

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy said: "We are in contact with National Grid and Energy Distribution Networks".

Previously, the UK Power Networks said on twitter that large parts of London and the South East are without electricity.

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.