Chessington powercut sees people stranded on rides

“UK Power has told us that the cut affects properties outside the resort as well as ourselves.”As a result we have re-validated all the tickets of those in the park so that they can re-visit on another day between now and July 31,” the spokesman added.Chessington’s operator Merlin Entertainments saw a fall in visitor numbers in 2015 at Alton Towers after a crash on the Smiler ride at the Staffordshire park. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Merlin was fined £5m over incident in which two carriages on the rollercoaster collided, leaving five people severely injured – including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations.UK Power Networks said power was interrupted to 272 customers in North Chessington at about 14:50 BST following a fault with a piece of electrical equipment.A company spokesman said engineers restored supplies to most customers by 15:20 BST, adding: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.” A powercut at Chessington World of Adventures left people stranded on rides on Friday afternoon.Thousands of parents and children had to leave the resort when the outage saw displays and rides grind to a halt.Staff at the site had to carry out several high-level rescues from some of the rides where people and children had been trapped when they stopped in midair.No-one was injured and everyone was led down ladders to safety. A total of 16 people were rescued from rollercoasters.The outtage, which affected a wide area of the village of Chessington, Surrey, including residential homes, was believed to have been caused by an underground cable fault.A spokesman for Chessington World of Adventures said: “We can confirm that several high level evacuations had to be carried out. We have a well rehearsed procedure for such events.  People are rescued from a ride at Chessington World of Adventure after a power People are rescued from a ride at Chessington World of Adventure after a power cut read more