Commuter chaos as United Kingdom hit by major power failures

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".

National Grid, which owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales, said there had been "issues" with two power generators and the problems have now been resolved.

National Rail Enquiries, which is run by Britain's train companies, said "power supply problems are now causing disruption to a large number of train services".

Trains between Stevenage and Kings Cross are at a standstill. Ipswich Hospital said it was being affected by the power cut in that area, as its back-up generator had failed to work.

UK Power Networks spokesman said 300,000 people were affected in London and the South East.

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Similar outages were also reported in the Midlands, South West, and Wales, where power lines are run by Western Power Distribution. 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.

Police were called to busy junctions to man the flow of traffic. Many people reported that the outage lasted just a few minutes, but the impact on travelers was severe.

A power cut has caused disruption on the trains.

The Victoria Line on the London Underground were forced to suspend all services.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said a power surge on the National Grid meant power was lost to all signalling over a wide area, including Newport, Gloucester, Ashford, Bristol, Eastbourne, Hastings, Three Bridges and Exeter. "While most of our signalling system has come back online and trains are running, there will be delays to journeys in these areas".

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