Power cut affects 750 energy customers
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.