Meeting over Welwyn Garden City bus station works after power cable damage

PUBLISHED: 12:41 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 09 November 2017

Workmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station.
Picture: Supplied

Workmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Supplied

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UK Power Networks and Herts County Council representatives are meeting today to discuss yesterday's damaged power cable at Welwyn Garden City bus station and what impact it may have on construction work.

Workmen moving the barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station construction site. 
Picture: SuppliedWorkmen moving the barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station construction site. Picture: Supplied

Yesterday, eyewitnesses reported seeing and hearing what appeared to be a small explosion on the bus station construction site in Welwyn Garden City.

Two loud bangs were heard and there was a burst of flames from the ground mid afternoon.

A damaged power cable left the Howard Centre without power.

A Herts County Council spokesman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Yesterday afternoon (November 8) there was a power outage in Welwyn Garden City town centre caused by a power cable fault.

Workmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station.
Picture: SuppliedWorkmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Supplied

“This fault later resulted in the bangs and flames reported by witnesses.

“While the power cable is under the area in which the bus station project is operating, we can confirm that the fault was not caused by any direct electric cable strike by the bus station workforce.

“Thankfully no staff or members of the public were hurt as a result of the flashes.

“Our site team and contractor are meeting with UK Power Networks today to understand the scale of the problem and determine the impact on the works at the bus station.”

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “Third party damage to an underground cable at the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City interrupted power to 189 customers at 2.19pm.

“Power was restored to customers in stages between 3.39pm and 4.40pm.

“We have isolated the damaged cable so it can be quickly repaired.”

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