Streets across Birmingham were plunged into darkness for several hours last night (Thursday 6th June) while engineers investigated street lamp failure, caused by a technical problem in the central control of street lighting.
B31 Voices started to receive messages and tweets from residents of B31, B38 and B45 at around 10pm saying that street lights were out. Not all lamps were out: some streets had light, some didn’t – or even half a street in some places.
As more and more messages came in on Facebook and Twitter it soon became apparent that the problem extended further than Northfield District, with people from Bartley Green, Bournville, Cotteridge, Hall Green, Hodge Hill and beyond reporting the same issue.
Birmingham City Council received a high volume of calls to it’s control room and reassured residents and motorists that contractors were working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
The Highways and Resilience Duty Officers liaised with the Contractors, updated the emergency services of the issue, and informed the media and used social media (twitter) to update the public as far as possible that work was in progress.
All street lighting was restored between midnight and 1am.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “[The problem] was caused by a technical issue with Amey’s central control.”
He also reassured that action was being taken to make sure this did not happen again, saying: “Further discussion regarding the fault will take place today to prevent any recurrence.”
The #BrumBlackout on Twitter…