Power cut af­fects 750 en­ergy cus­tomers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

HUN­DREDS of homes and busi­nesses were left with­out power fol­low­ing a net­work fault.

Provider EDF En­ergy said the fault took place in a high volt­age net­work at around 1.37pm yes­ter­day.

The power cut af­fected 750 cus­tomers in the Boon­gate area of Peter­bor­ough, but within two min­utes they had 700 peo­ple back on power.

How­ever, it was not un­til nearly 2.30pm that an­other 10 were switched back on and en­gi­neers ar­rived on scene to re­pair the fault. A fur­ther 40 homes and busi­nesses were then left fac­ing an anx­ious wait to find out when their power would be turned back on.

One of those af­fected was res­tau­rant chain Frankie and Benny’s, in Boon­gate, who had to send home Bank Hol­i­day cus­tomers at the time of the power cut, cost­ing the eaterie thou­sands of pounds.

The res­tau­rant was forced to let their 170 dis­ap­pointed din­ers leave the premises on what is one of their busiest days of the year. Man­ager Dale Ted­still said: “It’s killed the busiest time for us to­day and the Bank Hol­i­day is an es­pe­cially busy day for us. On a day like to­day we can ex­pect to take £8,500 gross - be­fore de­duc­tions are made.”

An­other busi­ness af­fected by the cut was Pizza Hut, in Carr Road, Boon­gate, whose power was off for around 10 min­utes. How­ever, the busi­ness said trade was un­af­fected. A spokesper­son for EDF En­ergy said: “We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused but our en­gi­neers are work­ing hard to get the power back on.”

Were you af­fected? Call Nick Reinis on 01733 588733.

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