Swindon blackout struck at 6pm on Tuesday the 15th. According to SSEN 66 postcodes in SN1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 were hit with this blackout where street lights were non-functioning and houses and home offices were left with no power. Almost 1,000 customers were affected negatively. Drivers were forced to use full beams to see the roads and the public had to use flashlights, phone torches and candles to see.
The power was thought to be out until midnight in this Swindon blackout however power was restored within hours. However, SSEN apologised because there were instances where some people in some parts of Swindon were left without power for a whole day, unfortunately. Borough and surrounding areas outside of the town such as Shrivenham, Sevenhampton, Wanborough and Bourton were all also left without power.
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