Disruption follows Manchester BT fireBy Chris Williams. Published: 30th Mar 2004, 11:48:32 | Permalink | Printable
STD, Finnybank affectedIn the early hours of Monday this week, a major fire broke out in tunnels situated deep beneath the city of Manchester. The blaze has reportedly destroyed BT cabling, leaving 130,000 telephone lines disabled while causing serious disruption to local emergency services.
The incident is a headache for RISC OS companies in the North West area, including Stuart Tyrrell Developments and Finnybank, who are subsequently suffering from the lack of telephone and internet connections.
Stuart Tyrrell told us in an email yesterday: "We are seeing some calls affected, partly as a direct consequence of the fire, and also as call routing seems to be saturating associated switches. Please do not be concerned if you hear a 'fault' tone when calling us - please try again later."
FinnbyBank, publishers of Qercus, are currently without landline or internet access. Qercus' staff writer Colin Cartmell-Browne said: "At the time of writing, BT have not given a fix by deadline although it is suspected that the problem may last for the rest of the week."
If you need to urgently get through to FinnyBank in the mean time, Colin has suggested you call their mobile number: 07747 89 88 80.
Fire cuts off 130,000 phone lines from BBC News
BT fire disrupts emergency services from The Register
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