Major power cut strikes Birmingham
UpdateLIVE: 1pm Wednesday 14th November – Power Outage across the UoB campus A major power cut struck Birmingham on Tuesday evening, leaving students across Selly Oak, the Un...
A major power cut struck Birmingham on Tuesday evening, leaving students across Selly Oak, the University and in Edgbaston without power.
The blackout, affecting as many as 50,000 people, was caused by a fire at a power sub-station near the railway in Selly Oak. Houses across Selly Oak, Edgbaston, Harborne and Bourneville were left without power.
Although most power was restored by 10.30pm on Tuesday, many University buildings were still without power on Wednesday, causing some lectures to be cancelled.
The power cut closed Bristol Road between Bournebrook Road and Harborne Lane and train services were also affected.
Police are treating the incident as 'suspected arson'.
Police have expressed concern about the risk of crime during the power cut as many students left their houses in Selly Oak to speak to neighbours or find out more information about when the power would return.
Problems were reported with Sky Internet coverage both during the blackout and afterwards.
Whilst most buildings on campus gained power at some point on Wednesday, as of 4.30pm the Business School, Learning Centre, computer Science, Occupational Health, Public Health, ERI, Metallurgy and Materials, Netshape Building, Physics West, Poynting, Barber Institute and Geography Building were still without power.
The University also warned that students in halls of residence may have experienced continuing power outages throughout Wednesday.
For more on this story including video from the scene, interviews, photographs and reactions from twitter see http://www.redbrick.me/2012/11/selly-oak-blackout/