Shops closed and 3,500 homes hit in Telford power cut

By Dayna Farrington | Telford | News | Published:

A Telford retail park was forced to shut and more than 3,500 homes were hit during a power cut today.

Shops in the Wrekin Retail Park were forced to close

Shops at Wrekin Retail Park, including the Tesco Superstore, were forced to close after they were plunged into darkness. The traffic lights on the Ketley Brook Roundabout were also out.

Western Power Distribution confirmed the power went out at around 9.15am.

Steve Ady, store manager of Tesco, said: "It is a major power outage, which we have been told is affecting 400 houses in the area. The whole Wrekin Retail Park is out from our store, right down to the garage."

Shops in the Wrekin Retail Park were forced to close

One disgruntled Tesco shopper, who did not wish to be named, said that it "suddenly went pitch black" in the store and they were told to leave.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said power was restored just before 10am.

Bella Hayward, of Western Power Distribution, said: "Just over 3,500 properties were affected by the power cut at 9.15am this morning.

"All the power is back on now, by 10am, and it came back on in stages.


Shops in the Wrekin Retail Park were forced to close

"The majority of the properties were just affected for six minutes, while engineers worked to restore the power for others affected.

"All those affected by the power cut were back on within three quarters of an hour."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.


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