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Power Outage Causes Mess on London Trains

Power went out in parts of the capital and southeast England on Thursday, bringing much of the London Underground and many regional trains to a halt and stranding hundreds of thousands of rush hour commuters. Electricity was cut for about 40 minutes before it came back on at about 7 p.m., said EDF Energy, which handles power transmission for the affected areas of London. The outages appeared to be confined to south London and Kent, a county southeast of the city. Overland train service was temporarily halted in those areas but problems on London’s aging subway system were more widespread and longer-lasting. A spokesman for the Underground said 60 percent of the subway system was halted at the height of the evening rush hour, including the majority of services in central London. Workers evacuated affected trains and stations but it would take “some time” to return service to normal, London Underground said. Some subways began running later in the evening. London Mayor Ken Livingstone told Sky News about 500,000 commuters were affected on the Underground and on train lines. Full Story

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