Town hit by power cut

A LARGE area of north west Ipswich was without electricity early this morning after a major power cut hit the Norwich Road area.The power went off shortly before 3am, and while many properties had electricity restored quickly, some were without electricity for almost two hours.

A LARGE area of north west Ipswich was without electricity early this morning after a major power cut hit the Norwich Road area.

The power went off shortly before 3am, and while many properties had electricity restored quickly, some were without electricity for almost two hours.

A spokesman for Glyn Hopkin Nissan dealers said the power cut meant all their alarms had to be reset when staff arrived for work early today.

And at nearby Victoria Bakeries, a manager was called in at 2.30am after the power was cut off.

Traffic lights were out of action, and the power cut extended as far as the mini-roundabout with Valley Road and Chevallier Street.

Ipswich council engineers were working on the traffic lights this morning to get them back into action.

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Another power cut affected about 20 properties in the Meredith Road area of the town, further along Norwich Road.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said the first power cut was centred on the Bramford Lane area at 2.38am and resulted in power loss to several thousand customers.

She said: “Engineers were on site quickly and restored power to some customers within five minutes. Most had power back by 3.57am and the last customers were reconnected by 4.21am.

“There was a second, unrelated, power cut in Meredith Road which left 20 properties without power between 6.30am and 9am.

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience these power cuts caused.”

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