Sunderland school pupils get day off after powercut

Barnes Infant School, in Mount Road, Sunderland. Copyright Google Maps.
Barnes Infant School, in Mount Road, Sunderland. Copyright Google Maps.
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Youngsters are spending the day off school after a powercut in a Sunderland community.

Power went off in the Barnes area of the city on Monday night, with pupils at Barnes Infant School unable to attend classes on Tuesday.

We apologise to customers in the area and also to parents of children at the school for the disruption to their day.

Northern Powergrid spokeswoman

Barnes Junior School was also affected but power was restored to that site in the early hours.

Northern Powergrid bosses say engineers have been working to fix the problem, which was caused to an underground cable fault.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said today: “A power cut in the Barnes area took place at 11.28pm on Monday night.

“It was affecting Barnes Park Road, Colchester Terrace, Ewesley Road, Mount Road and Wycliffe Road.

“We had 57 customers with power off in total, which was down to an underground cable fault.

“The powercut did include Barnes Juniors and Infant schools and our engineers worked through the night to restore power.

“They were able to get all but the infants school’s power back on at about 5am.

“Power was restored at 9.45am today but I believe the school has shut for the day.

“We did try to get generators but for technical reasons it was not suitable.

“We apologise to customers in the area and also to parents of children at the school for the disruption to their day.”

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