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Urgent Answers Needed Over Major Power Failure

10 August 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, is demanding urgent answers from the Government over a massive power failure across England and Wales on Friday afternoon.

The power cuts hit public transport, homes and even one major hospital (at Ipswich).  Cortes described the power problems – which affected around a million people – as “totally unacceptable” and a “foretaste of things to come” over Brexit.  

Manuel Cortes said “We urgently need answers from the Government over this fiasco. Having our rail network brought to a standstill in this way is totally unacceptable.  

“We’ve seen thousands of passengers stranded, unable to board trains and a number of cancellations; others have been taken off trains and onto the tracks. We need to know why this occurred and the lessons to be learned.  

“As we face the growing prospect of a No Deal Brexit it’s reasonable to wonder if this is a foretaste of things to come. 

“Along with an economy sliding towards recession and expected food shortages we now seem to be a country where blackouts happen without warning, travel grinds to a halt, traffic lights stop working and – terrifyingly – hospitals are left without power. 

“Boris Johnson can’t remain silent over this – he must quickly provide answers and illumination.” 

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