Engineers on site as thousands of customers in Peterborough affected by power cuts
Engineers are on site in two areas of Peterborough after power cuts affecting hundreds of homes took place this morning (April 7).
The areas of the city affected in the central PE1 area, which includes Rivergate, Station Road, Bishop’s Road and Northminster as well as large parts of the PE4 postcode, including Paston, Gunthorpe and Werrington South.
UK Power Networks were alerted to the problem in the centre of the city at 8.37am this morning and sent engineers to the scene to restore the power and a similar was detected in the PE4 postcode at 9.18am.
The cause of the loss of power in both instances has been attributed to a fault with an underground electricity cable on the high voltage network, which caused an area wide power cut.
Speaking about the outage in the PE1 area, a spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: “At 9.38am, our engineers arrived on site and are investigating the fault.
“You may find your power is going on and off; that is normal for this type of issue and is due to our engineers working to divert power remotely.
“By doing this, we’ve managed to restore power to 3288 customers. There are now 86 properties still affected.
“Please follow the government pandemic guidelines about social distancing when interacting with our staff.
“We’ll keep sending SMS updates until everybody is restored.
“We’re sorry for any disruption this may have caused you. We didn’t know in advance there would be a power cut, but now that we know, our teams will do everything they can to get your power back quickly.”
A similar problem hit the same area of the city last month and the estimated time for the power to be restored this time is between 10 and 11am.
The latest update from Paston is that the engineers are still on route and that the power is expected to be restored between 11-12 this morning.
Those affected by either of the power cuts can track the progress of works at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/map