Electricity restored to 22,000 properties across Tameside after major power cut

ELECTRICITY has been restored to more than 22,000 properties across Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge and Tameside after a major power cut on Tuesday, October 10.

A cable jointer prepares the damaged cable for repair (pictures thanks to Electricity North West)

Electricity North West worked through the afternoon and overnight to restore power after another company damaged three underground power cables in the area.

The damaged cables operate at 33,000 volts serving a wide area, and engineers have been working to restore power by switching supplies to other parts of the network.

They connected 13 generators to ensure the final customers were restored in the morning.

As well as homes and businesses losing power, trams across the area were affected while traffic lights and signals were also temporarily out of action.

Although all customers have their power restored, Electricity North West is urging customers to conserve their energy use as they repair the damage and get them back on normal power supplies.

Electricity North West incident manager, Samantha Loukes said: “Engineers worked through the night to start to repair the damaged cables and connect large generators to restore power to all customers in Ashton-under-Lyne.

“All customers have their power back, but it’s through generation and back feed and not normal supply, so we’re urging people to only use energy if it’s essential to help prevent any further power outages as we carry out the extensive repair work.

“Simple things like not using your washing machine or dishwasher for a while would make a huge difference.

“More than 30 engineers have worked on site and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the local network today.

“Those customers connected to a generator may experience a very short interruption to their power as we reconnect them back to normal supply.

“I would really like to thank our engineers for their hard work and also our customers for their support and patience as we worked hard to restore their power.”

Electricity North West sent food vans to The Royal Oak pub and Texaco garage on Nook Lane to serve 300 free hot meals and drinks to customers without power.

They also proactively contacted hundreds of customers on its priority service register who may need additional support.

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