Almost 200 Portsmouth homes are experiencing more power problems 

Electricity pylons
Electricity pylons

AFTER almost one week of power problems for homes across the city, tonight almost 200 are experiencing further woes.

A spokesperson for Southern & Scottish Electricity Networks said about 186 homes in the PO4 postcode area – Southsea – are experiencing issues, including low voltage.

But some have lost their power completely.

After a major power cut on Monday with further incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday, SSEN said the failure of a component on the 132kV main overhead line, that delivers power to Portsmouth from Lovedean, was the cause.

But the company said it does not yet know if today’s issues are connected to that same problem – but that engineers are working hard to investigate the cause and rectify the problems – with a solution hoped for by 9pm. 

Steve Murphy, who lives at Westfield Road, Southsea, said: ‘For the fourth night in-a-row power has been present but low voltage so apart from a few working lights we’ve had no heating, hot water or cooking facilities.

‘Tonight (Thursday) our power went again completely.’

Christopher Saunders O'Shea, who lives at Prince Albert Road, said he has had very low power all day.

He said: ‘Since Monday our power has been very low and it’s affecting our lights and electrical appliances like our toaster.

‘The internet’s not working either. 

‘Our power hasn’t gone completely tonight but in some roads it has.

‘It’s getting ridiculous now. I hope it is fixed by 9pm.’

A spokesman for SSEN said tonight: ‘It’s my understanding there’s 186 homes affected today.

‘They may not have a complete power outage, just low voltage problems.

‘Engineers are on-site as we speak and repairs are ongoing.

‘We hope to have problems solved by 9pm but we’re going to continue working.

‘As the cause of the issues are still being investigated I can’t say whether or not they’re connected to the failure of the 132kV main overhead line.’