Blackout brings Sydney to its knees

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Ausgrid restoring power to thousands.Source:Twitter

TENS of thousands of Sydneysiders spent their Saturday without power after a mass blackout.

Just before 2pm, Ausgrid tweeted it was working to restore power to most parts of Sydney’s inner west in what appeared to be a citywide power outage.

Around 23,000 customers across Homebush, the inner west and surrounding areas were left sitting in the dark, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The power company then tweeted power was also out to around 15,400 customers in parts of Croydon, Ashfield, Five Dock.

Ausgrid has since restored power to the thousands of customers.

A spokesman for the company said they were working to figure out how almost 40,000 people were left without electricity for more than an hour.

The mass outage has brought Sydney traffic to its knees after dozens of traffic lights were blacked out.

A number of train lines are also experiencing delays due to a signal outage.

A signal failure at Redfern Station this morning left hundreds of passengers stranded and caused widespread delays to the T1 Western line, the T2 Inner West line and the T8 Airport and South line.

Anyone on a train attempting to get to Sydney Airport are being advised to make themselves known to staff to assist them with travel.

Passengers have taken to Twitter to rant about delays with one customer claiming it took him more than 45 minutes to complete a trip that usually takes less than 10.

Parts of Newcastle were also hit with a power outage with the company informing 3700 customers in Medowie it was working to restore power.

Around 1000 customers in the Sydney suburb of St Ives also experienced power disruptions this morning.

Sydney Trains has been contacted for comment.

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