Power cut leaves city centre streets in darkness

Up to 500 businesses and homes in Edinburgh city centre were left without power.

Thursday, 16th November 2017, 5:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:01 pm
Some properties on Princes Street have been affected by the power cut.

Scottish Power confirmed to the Evening News that a faulty cable at a sub station in Thistle Street had caused the power cut.

Properties in Princes Street, George Street and the surrounding area was facing a blackout with engineers called out to rectify the problem.

A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We received reports of properties in the Princes Street area being without power this afternoon and engineers went to the Thistle Street sub station to solve the problem.

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“We received the call at 3pm and had all the power back on within 45 minutes.

“Scottish Power apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

Scottish Fire Service, meanwhile, were called to a spate of fire alarms in the city centre being triggered by a “power surge”.

There were six false alarms at offices in York Place, Princes Street and Rose Street in a 20-minute period from 3pm.