Tube sell-off blamed for blackout
Thousands stranded as big power cut hits London
Friday August 29, 2003
The government's part-privatisation of the London Underground was blamed last night for exacerbating a massive power failure which blacked out large parts of the capital and brought the transport network to a halt.
Early reports suggested that 250,000 people were affected by the blackout, including tens of thousands of tube passengers who were stuck in tunnels as trains broke down.
Buildings along the Thames were in darkness, 270 sets of traffic lights failed and train services stopped from four main stations
The blackout sparked fears of a terrorist attack. But it quickly became clear that the failure was caused by a fault in one of the National Grid's key circuits serving south London and the home counties.
Different country, same crooks.
posted by Steve @ 1:20:00 AM