Widespread power cut affecting large parts of England

Large parts of the UK were without electricity following a large scale power cut on Friday.

Blackouts were reported in London and the South East, as well as the Midlands and the North East.

UK Power Networks, who control power lines for London and the South East, and Western Power Distribution in Midlands, the South West and Wales both confirmed widespread outages.

UK Power Networks tweeted on Friday evening: "We're aware of a power cut affecting large parts of London and South East.

"We believe this is due to a failure on National Grid's network, which is affecting our customers."

Western Power Distribution shared a similar message, and said they were in the process of restoring power to customers.

The drop in power is also affected travel.

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People waiting outside of King�s Cross station, London, as all services in and out of the station have been suspended, after a large power cut has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
Temporary lighting is set up during a power cut affecting Clapham Junction train station in London, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
An empty shop in darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking through Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking through Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking through Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People waiting inside King�s Cross station, London, as all services in and out of the station have been suspended, after a large power cut has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
Temporary lighting is set up during a power cut affecting Clapham Junction train station in London, which has caused �apocalyptic� rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill.
People walking in complete darkness at Clapham Junction station in London during a power cut, which has caused apocalyptic rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Passengers wait for news at Peterborough station during travel disruption on the East Coast mainline, after a large power cut has caused apocalyptic rush-hour scenes across England and Wales, with traffic lights down and trains coming to a standstill. (Photo by Martin Keene/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Train services in and out of London, including Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express faced delays and cancellations.

Traffic lights in the capital are also experienced some problems and the Victoria Line on the London Underground were suspended.

They tweeted on Friday evening warning people to be cautious when using the roads.

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