Let there be light for blacked-out city streets

Bunnythorpe Substation
MURRAY WILSON/FAIRFAX NZ

Bunnythorpe Substation

Residents of eerily blacked out Palmerston North streets should be restored to the light on Monday night.

A number of city thoroughfares and side streets had been left in darkness for the past five evenings following last Wednesday's power failure.

After power was restored, the fault at the Transpower Bunnythorpe substation continued to affect areas of street lighting, with some lights remaining turned on during daylight, while others would not work at night.

Lines from the Bunnythorpe substation are part of the network carrying power to Palmerston North.
WARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Lines from the Bunnythorpe substation are part of the network carrying power to Palmerston North.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh described the fault as "complex" and said Transpower and Powerco staff were working to repair and restore it without further affecting the power supply to Manawatu's electricity networks.

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Marsh said work to the substation was completed on Sunday afternoon and Powerco restored the automatic function of the affected lights manually. The network resumed normal operations at 11pm Sunday and the lights should be back on Monday night.

He said the repairs had involved Powerco staff working on the distribution network alongside Transpower staff.

Both companies apologised for any inconvenience the power failure and lighting shutdown had caused.

 

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