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Power cut hits businesses in Bishop's Stortford town centre

Businesses in Bishop's Stortford town centre suffered a partial power cut for three hours on Friday afternoon (Sept 10).

The area affected was parts of Bridge Street – which is closed for most of September for cable-laying works in connection with the Goodsyard development at the railway station – Water Lane and just the Bishop's Stortford Independent office in North Street.

Most of the businesses hit lost two-thirds of their three-phase electricity supply, which is why they were randomly affected.

William Hill bookies was affected by the power cut (51105919)
William Hill bookies was affected by the power cut (51105919)

For example, at The Star pub in Bridge Street, while the lights, deep fat fryers and microwave ovens were still working, the fridges and freezers were affected.

Staff at the Isabel Hospice charity shop opposite could not process sales as the tills were out. The Black Lion pub, William Hill bookies and Marshalls hair salon on the same side of the street were also hit. The retail section of Coopers of Stortford home and garden store was affected.

In Water Lane, some lunchtime diners at Atkins restaurant ate under lights while others needed candlelight. The kitchen was totally blacked out.

Staff at The Star pub in Bridge Street, which lost its fridges and freezers (51105922)
Staff at The Star pub in Bridge Street, which lost its fridges and freezers (51105922)

Similarly, different floors at the BUPA dentist surgery on the corner of Barratt Lane and at Eden hair and skin salon were affected, along with Caffé Inn in Florence Walk.

At the Bishop's Stortford Independent at 12 North Street, the internet and sockets were disabled while most of the lights were unaffected. It led to reporters having to return to a Covid-19 lockdown-style working from home.

The Indie suffered a power cut at 1.30pm. UK Power Networks was informed at 1.48pm and despatched engineers at 2.03pm. They were due to arrive at 2.45pm and power was estimated to be restored between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. It was restored at about 4.30pm.

Initially UKPN believed the issue was a fault in the substation in the Bridge Street area. Later it said the issue was caused by a "fault with some of our network equipment, which our engineers have now replaced".

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