Rush-hour chaos as power cut hits Haymarket train station and traffic lights on Lothian Road

A power outage is affecting the west side of Edinburgh tonight, causing chaos during the busy rush hour period.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 6:20 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 7:16 pm

Commuters at Haymarket Train Station have been disrupted while there are reports of hotels, businesses and homes in the area being left in darkness with several alarms going off.

A tweet by ScotRail said: "We’re getting reports of a power failure affecting Haymarket station. Our team are investigating now and we’ll provide more info as soon as we can. Please do listen to the advice of staff in the station there."

Emergency lighting has come on but the platforms are shut and the departures and arrivals boards are down.

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The council-run Edinburgh Travel News has also tweeted: "Lothian Road - traffic lights are all out at West Approach Road junction and pedestrian crossing at Usher Hall."

They added: "Looks like a power outage affecting the west side of Edinburgh. Some traffic and street lights also out in the Haymarket, Roseburn and Murrayfield areas."

Traffic lights at the junction of Manor Place and Atholl Place are also out.

Edinburgh Trams have also been affected by the power outsage, with increased waiting times further down the line.

Haymarket Station is in darkness. Pic: @xRockyRaccoon

Drum Brae and Gyle councillor Mark Brown has also shared a picture of Haymarket Terrace in darkness with street lights affected. He said: "Haymarket Terrace needs some candles or folk walking with their iPhone torches on..."

In a previous post, councillor Brown said: "Oh dear. Haymarket end of Edinburgh just plunged into darkness with a plethora of alarms going off!"

SP Energy Networks are tweeting that they are aware of a power cut in the EH3 and EH12 postcode areas of the city.

The tweet added: "Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience."

The board at Haymarket Station is out of power. Pic: @xRockyRaccoon.

They say the power should be back on by about 7:45pm.

Scottish Power's press office has been contacted for more details on the number of homes affected.