Ipswich power cut hits hundreds of homes

IPSWICH was hit by a second bout of power cuts today after faults developed in an underground cable network.

IPSWICH was hit by a second bout of power cuts today after faults developed in an underground cable network.

Power was interrupted to 831 EDF Energy customers shortly before 10am today.

Earlier, more than 500 homes lost power following a high voltage underground fault.

Engineers were able to restore power to around half the homes but were initially unable to rectify the problem for all EDF customers because an illegally parked car was blocking their access to a substation.

A total of 540 customers around the St Margaret's Green area of the town centre suffered power cuts at around 4.20am this morning.

Power was back on for 260 homes and businesses by 6.55am but the illegally parked car prevented EDF Energy from fully fixing the problem.

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The remaining 280 customers were left without power until the car was moved at around 8am and engineers were able to access the substation.

Traffic lights were also affected by the cuts, which were fixed by 8.10am.

A second fault hit the town two hours later but by 11.42am, 643 customers had power restored, with 180 regaining power at 12.18pm and the final eight at 12.39pm.

EDF Energy Networks apologised to customers for the fault. “We do appreciate how difficult it is to be without power and would to apologise for the inconvenience caused,” said a spokeswoman.

“Regrettably, a separate fault developed on a different part of the high voltage underground electricity network.”