Portsmouth street hit by fourth power cut this week

Residents of a Portsmouth street have been hit by the fourth power cut in as many days.Â

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 5:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 6:32 pm
Parts of Portsmouth hit bu a third blackout this evening
Parts of Portsmouth hit bu a third blackout this evening

Houses on Eastfield Road have once again been plunged into darkness. 

The street in the Eastney area of the city has been hit by power cut's every night this week, with residents reporting that they suffered power outages at 5pm tonight (November 22). 

While large parts of Portsmouth were hit by a blackout on Monday (November 19), residents of Eastfield Road have experienced further cuts in recent days. 

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Chris Ayres, who has lived on the street for six years, has called it a '˜joke'. 

He said: '˜We have had one every day this week. It is becoming a joke.

'˜What we have in our house at the moment is a trickle of electricity. 

'˜We have had the TV on because it is low wattage but we can't turn on the central heating. 

'˜My boy wanted a shower when he got home from school but he couldn't because the heating wasn't on. 

'˜The power went off at around 5pm tonight. We have always had problems down this road. 

'˜The power seems to come back on overnight when we are asleep.' 

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) confirmed that there had been yet another power cut on Eastfield Road and that power should be restored by 6pm. 

A spokesman for SSEN said: '˜Up to 186 people have been affected at the moment. With either power off completely or low wattage. 

'˜Our guys will be on site by 6pm and power should be switched back on by 9pm.' 

Cause of first power cut revealed 

The cause of Monday's incident '“ which was more widespread than those in the past couple of days '“ has now been identified.

A spokesman for SSEN said: '˜Initial findings of the investigation suggest the cause to be a failure of a component on the 132kV main overhead line that delivers power to Portsmouth from Lovedean.

'˜Faults of this nature are very rare and generally affect one circuit, or power line, resulting in no interruption to supplies.

'˜Unusually, this failure affected both circuits which meant we had to re-route supplies from other parts of the network through a process called switching.

'˜Following an essential visual check of the fault location to ensure safety, all customers were restored within 37 minutes.'