Power cut chaos for shoppers

Electrical engineers excavate Standishgate following a power cut over the weekend
Electrical engineers excavate Standishgate following a power cut over the weekend

WIGAN’S weekend shoppers faced frustrating closures as a town centre power cut prevented stores from trading.

Retailers on Standishgate and within the Grand Arcade were affected by the loss of power.

Engineers were able to divert electricity from another cable but some shops remain with a limited supply.

More than 30 premises were hit and excavations on Standishgate started on Saturday with engineers still trying to repair the original cable fault throughout Monday.

A section of pavement had been cordoned off outside Marks and Spencers.

Grand Arcade manager, John Sanson said: “It has been an ongoing situation. A number of our stores were affected, five within Grand Arcade and more out on the street.

“We believe that the problem is damp affecting the connections by getting into the cables.

“The electricity company have been investigating and have started excavating on the road.

“They reacted to it straight away and are working to locate the problem.

“The power was off at the start of trading at 9:00am on Saturday but was restored just after lunchtime.”

Shops affected within the Grand Arcade were WHSmith, Chisholm Hunter Jewellers, Eurochange, Vodafone and Time-Piece.

The Dorothy Perkins store on Standishgate was forced to remain closed all day Saturday as the loss of power meant workers could not open the shop’s security shutters.

A spokesperson for Electricity North West, said: “There was a cable fault at 8:15am on Saturday morning which caused a loss of power to 36 local customers. Engineers worked quickly to restore the majority of power by 9.39am, with four more back on at 12.08pm, and the remaining two customers restored by 5.09pm.

“No generators were installed as engineers managed to feed electricity from a different cable. Once restored customers should have had a normal electricity supply.

“We anticipate that the engineering work will be finished by the end of trading today.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and if there are any further issues with the electricity please call 0800 195 4141 or visit our website www.enwl.co.uk.”