Stockholm metro brought to standstill after power knocked out for 30,000 customers

Stockholm metro brought to standstill after power knocked out for 30,000 customers
Large parts of Södermalm and western Stockholm were affected by the blackout. Photo: Petra Lindell/TT
More than 30,000 households in central Stockholm were plunged into darkness after a power blackout on Thursday afternoon. The metro was able to resume traffic after a while, but commuters were warned of knock-on delays.

The power cut occurred at 4.11pm, said electricity provider Ellevio.

It affected 30,092 of its customers, mainly in southern and western Stockholm.

Several metro lines were also brought to a halt for around ten minutes, reports the TT newswire, but were later able to resume traffic.

Commuters were still advised to expect knock-on delays and cancelled trains.

The problems occurred due to an electric arc flash, which is when an electrical current jumps a gap in a circuit. The device designed to prevent this from happening, an arc guard, was activated, leading to the power cut, an Ellevio spokesperson told TT.

Power returned to the area at 17:31 on Thursday evening, TT reports.


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