Cable cut clobbers London

BT said 50,000 addresses in parts of east London lost phone and Internet service over the weekend after damage in a tunnel on Saturday. The cable cut also caused road congestion as traffic lights connected to the network were cut off from the master traffic computer system.

The company says that most of the customers have been restored with services rerouted around the cut, but Transport for London has been having problems getting the traffic lights back into sync to adapt to the current conditions.

BT said the problem was "complicated" and it couldn't be sure when all services would be restored. Damage to cables in a deep underground tunnel was caused by a yet-to-be-named third party.

For more:
- The Beeb reports on the problem. Article.

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