RAIL OPERATOR London Midland is urging train users to think about their journeys today (Monday) after a severe weather warning for the Midlands and the South of England.
Yellow warnings have been issued by the Met Office for Worcestershire, which include rain, accompanied by very strong south to south-westerly winds.
A statement on the Met Office website states: “The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding and possible disruption to transport due to a combination of rain and wind.
“The south to south-westerly winds will increase during Monday morning with gales affecting many areas.”
Speed restrictions of 50mph are expected to be put on trains between the central region and the capital, meaning there will be fewer trains from mid-afternoon onwards.
London Midland commercial director Richard Brooks said “We will be putting extra staff out to help passengers but the message is very simple, the weather we are expecting on Monday afternoon is going to make travel very difficult and I suggest you don’t travel during that period if you don’t need to – but, if you must travel, aim to start and finish your journey as early as you can.”
London Midland has lifted ticket restrictions to make it easier for passengers to travel on any of the company’s trains – meaning those with pre-booked tickets for this afternoon or tomorrow (Tuesday) will be able to travel on earlier trains.