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.
Emergency crews are working to restore power to about 23,000 customers across Sydney’s inner west in Homebush and surrounding areas. For updates including estimated restoration times please check https://t.co/zltXYk3kEU pic.twitter.com/KJDDLMudg9— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid)
The mass outage has brought Sydney traffic to its knees after dozens of traffic lights were blacked out.
Traffic lights blacked out: Large number of signals out due to a local power failure. Auburn, Five Dock, Liberty Grove, Silverwater, Rhodes Mortlake, Concord, Homebush, Abbotstford, Lidcombe, Croydon, Habberfield, Strathfield and North Strathfiled.— Live Traffic Sydney (@LiveTrafficSyd)
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.
On the train and it has taken us 47…yes thats 47..minutes to get from Circular Quay to Redfern – Sydney train fail again. Hopeless. Apologies played on repeat don’t help your customers @TrainsInfo – just sort it out.#Sydney #Sydneytrains #RailFail— Jonathon Hall (@jon_hall79)
Stuck on train between Green Square and Mascot #sydneytrains you are a disgrace and embarrassment. Poor guard has no reliable news apart from the fact it’s yet another signal failure “in and around the city”. Suggest @TransportforNSW has a big clean out and starts all over— James Hotten (@jameshotten)
Parts of Newcastle were also hit with a power outage with the company informing 3700 customers in Medowie it was working to restore power.
Power is out to about 3,700 customers in Medowie and surrounding areas. Emergency crews are working to get it back safely. For updates including estimated restoration times please go to https://t.co/zltXYk3kEU pic.twitter.com/ot7UQlZ0HU— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid)
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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