Chopped Cable Downs Virgin Media TV and Internet on the South Coast

By Gary Cutlack on at

The precious umbilical cord of light that connects thousands of Portsmouth and Southampton residents to the internet has been cut through by engineers, leaving thousands of Virgin customers in the area without telly and cable broadband.

According to local news reports, people in the PO and SO post code areas are currently sobbing into a variety of router error pages, thanks to a digger working at roadworks in Cosham pulling up a cable.

Virgin Media said: "A part of our network was damaged by roadworks to the north of Portsmouth this morning affecting customers in parts of the city and the surrounding area. Our engineers have been on site today and will continue to work through the night to repair this damage in order to bring services back as quickly as possible."

The cable was snipped first thing on Monday morning, with Virgin telling users it's likely to take until the end of today to restore TV services, with broadband possibly down until Thursday. [WW Gazette]