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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds There has been chaos in London today, as its transport signalling system went into meltdown. Power outages reported in the Glasgow area yesterday have now been reported in the capital with disruption of water systems also identified. Manchester, Birmingham, and Newcastle are experiencing similar disruption. The government is under mounting pressure for the lack of information being provided from either Holyrood or Westminster about the widespread disruption. Numerous conflicting reports from media outlets have done little to alleviate people’s anxiety. However, it can be assumed that localised excavation work should not be blamed for these occurrences. Power station representatives across the UK have been keen to stress that increased power demand is not responsible for events either.

The Blackout: day two - 'breaking news'

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