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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Travellers facing flooding chaos
Paul Mills took this picture of the A449 from Powick to Worcester
Paul Mills took this picture of the A449 from Powick to Worcester
People across the West Midlands are still facing disruption on roads and public transport because of flooding.

Roads have been shut off because of landslides, with deep water and broken down cars blocking routes.

Many train routes are still affected and commuters on lines in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been urged not to travel unless necessary.

Forecasters have warned of more rain on Monday and motorists are urged to be cautious when travelling.

Dozens of A-roads across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire were still under water on Monday.

The A44 between the Weston Hill junction and the B4197 junction in Broadwas, Worcestershire, was shut after metres of the road collapsed in a landslide.

Poor conditions

Central Trains said its route between Worcester and Hereford is closed because of flooding at Ledbury and advised customers not to travel.

A company spokesman said it was impossible to provide replacement bus services because the road conditions were too poor.

However, the spokesman said the operator's Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central route had reopened.

First Great Western also said it was unable to run trains between Hereford and Worcester and did not expect the line to reopen until at least 6 August.

We want to make sure people remain safe and well and do not put themselves in any unnecessary danger or at risk
West Mercia Police spokesman

Virgin Trains said it was urging customers travelling on the Birmingham to Reading route to delay their journeys.

A spokesman said the roads in those areas were also too flooded to put on replacement bus services.

Chiltern Railways said services between Birmingham Snow Hill, Leamington Spa, Banbury, High Wycombe and London Marylebone are now able to operate a normal service.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police urged people in flooded areas to consider whether they had to go to work on Monday.

'Unnecessary danger'

He said: "We want to make sure people remain safe and well and do not put themselves in any unnecessary danger or at risk.

"If people can work from home they should consider doing this, in consultation with their employer.

"We anticipate traffic flow will be very heavy at the start of the working week and we would ask drivers to allow extra time to complete their journeys, there may also be problems with public transport."

Officers have also warned motorists to be wary of abandoned vehicles which may have broken down on dangerous bends.

A spokesman said a number of vehicles in south Worcestershire had been left on sharp bends.

He added: "Other drivers, particularly at night, may suddenly find themselves faced with an obstruction that they have not anticipated."


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