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Flooding likely to affect rail services for some time

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Flooding on the railway lines is continuing to disrupt train services this evening and National Rail Enquiries said it's not possible to say how long this will continue.

It means delayed, cancelled or revised services on a number of routes and extra congestion at stations.

This was the scene at Wood End station between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon a short time ago.

Flooded platform
Network Rail

The affected services include:

  • Cross Country trains between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa, and between Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth
  • Trains between Birmingham and Cardiff
  • Trains between Birmingham and Bristol
  • Trains between Birmingham International and Coventry
  • Trains between Northampton and Rugby
  • Trains between Great Malvern and Hereford
  • Trains between Birmingham and Worcester

And other services are also being affected, simply because of congestion at stations and along rail routes.

Flood map lit up by river warnings

As you can see from this West Midlands flood map from the Environment Agency, there are flood alerts or flood warnings for just about every river in our region this evening.

And the peak for most of them isn't expected until tomorrow and it means flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected.

Flood map
Environment Agency

River levels set to peak on Friday

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Most of the West Midlands saw heavy rain this morning, but the good news is the next few days are looking a lot drier.

Many of us will see some light showers over the next seven days, but nothing like the downpour we've seen today and the Met Office hasn't got any weather warnings for the region after today.

Lydbury North
Ken M

The bad news is more rain has to wash down the rivers from Wales and the north of England, so the Environment Agency says levels won't peak until Friday and are likely to remain high for some time.

Plenty of rain to come: Met Office

Rain should eventually clear later but not before causing more flooding across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow warning for rain remains in place until the end of the day.

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