EDF warns of further Soho power cuts

04-08-2006

EDF Energy has admitted that residents and businesses in the Soho area of west London can expect further power cuts today in light of continuing faults and high-demand due to the hot weather.

Yesterday thousands of Londoners in Soho and Carnaby Street were affected by the power cut and Oxford Circus tube station was forced to close, although underground trains ran normally.

And a statement released by the energy supplier said: "There is a significant risk that interruptions may occur in the Soho area today."

People were without power in varying stages throughout the day, but EDF claim it is "making good progress on repairs to the local network for the Soho area" and that engineers "hope to avoid further power interruptions in that area today".

The energy supplier revealed that the situation involving power cable faults had been exacerbated by high-levels of electricity usage through air conditioning units.

More than five million customers, the majority based in London and the south-east, receive their energy from EDF.

Jace Tyrell, a spokesman for the New West End Company, said the retail sector in the capital had suffered financially from the power cuts.

EDF is maintaining its appeal to customers to limit non-essential use of electricity during daytime hours.


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