Power outage affects Lithgow businesses

UPDATE

More than 900 premises were left without power this morning when a switch failed during routine maintenance work. 

An Endeavour Energy spokesperson said 10-year maintenance was being carried out on a padmount substation on Railway Parade when the fault occurred at 10.34am. 

Power remained off until 11.45am, affecting 935 customers, including businesses and public services on the top end of Main Street and along Mort Street. 

STILL TRADING: The Tin Shed continued to serve coffee from their van.

STILL TRADING: The Tin Shed continued to serve coffee from their van.

EARLIER

Closed signs were up at the top end of Main Street, Lithgow, this morning, Tuesday, August 8, along with the Court House and other public buildings due to a power outage. 

The Tin Shed moved outside to deal with the outage, continuing to serve coffee from their van. 

Many other businesses hung signs in their windows explaining they could not trade, or offering partial service. The council’s chambers were also affected. 

Main Street traffic lights were out, with drivers cautiously negotiating the 

CAREFUL: Drivers negotiate the Main Street intersection without traffic lights on Tuesday morning, August 8.

CAREFUL: Drivers negotiate the Main Street intersection without traffic lights on Tuesday morning, August 8.

Essential Energy, which does not cover this area but does list outages on its website, designated Lithgow as a site experiencing an unplanned outage but no further details were available. 

Endeavour Energy, which looks after Lithgow’s poles and wires, was contacted for comment. 

Power was returned to some areas, including the top end of Main Street, at about 11.55am. It is not clear if power has been restored to all areas. 

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