Businesses lose power

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ALMOST 650 customers were without their electricity supply after a power cut this morning.

UK Power Networks engineers are still working to repair the cables, after businesses in and around the Brook Street and Mortimer Hill in Tring were affected.

The lights went out at 10.40am and was due to a fault in the company’s underground high voltage network, but power has been restored back to all 642 customers.

Phil Spiby, UK Power Networks’ press officer for East of England, said the fault was caused by roadworks being carried out at the junction of Mortimer Rise and Station Road in Tring.

He said: “Quite a lot of underground cable faults are caused by third-party damage.

“We always encourage anybody working on them to have an up-to-date cable plan and they may well have had that.

“We would always encourage people to take care when working with electricity cables.”

He said the cable, which is already excavated and therefore easier to fix, is in the process of being repaired and should cause no further disturbance to customers’ electricity,

He said: “We appreciate how difficult it is to be without electricity, particularly this time of year and apologise to all those affected.

“UK Power Networks owns, maintains and improves the 92,120 kms of overhead lines and underground cables in the East of England that bring electricity from the national grid to individual properties.”

Businesses affected included Tring Brewery on London Road in Tring and High Street coffee shop The Espresso Lounge.