Power restored in city centre after outage ‘unrelated’ to previous incidents

Power has been restored in large areas of the city centre that had experienced power cuts today (April 7) in an outage unrelated to others in the last month.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 6:11 pm
The area which was affected by a power outage today.

At 8:37am this morning, UK Power Networks were alerted to an outage in the city centre, with areas affected including Rivergate, Station Road, Bishop’s Road and Northminster.

This outage was caused by an underground electricity cable on the high voltage network developing a fault. Power was initially estimated to be restored to all between 10-11 am on the company’s online tracker but this was later delayed until 1:23pm, with work continuing into the evening to restore the supply to the last few remaining customers.

There was extra frustration from some residents given the fact that the same area suffered power outage on both March 5 and 7 but Uk Power Networks have stressed that these incidents were unrelated and that there is no underlying problem with delivering power to the area.

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A spokesperson for the company said: “Electricity was interrupted to an initial 2,276 homes and businesses in Peterborough at 8.37am today because of a fault on a high voltage underground cable.

“The majority were restored from 8.44am to 9.08am, and we are working quickly and safely to restore the final 12 customers off supply as soon as possible.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by recent, unrelated incidents in the Peterborough area. Our engineers restored power supplies on March 5 and 7, after low voltage equipment in substations developed problems.”