Hereford & Worcester

M5 in Worcestershire partly blocked by overnight snow

Motorway drivers have been affected after heavy snow fell overnight in Worcestershire.

The main carriageway on the M5 northbound was blocked for a time due to snow between junction 5 for Droitwich and junction 4A for the M42.

Bus and rail services in both counties have been affected and the Met Office has issued a warning of heavy snow for Wednesday.

Droitwich and Stourport have seen between six and eight inches of snow.

Buses suspended

Rail passengers could also face delays and disruption as the freezing temperatures continue.

London Midland is operating a reduced service between Redditch and Lichfield while the service between Hereford, Worcester and Birmingham is not calling at Bromsgrove.

A spokesman said the line between Droitwich and Bromsgrove was closed. Cross Country trains are calling at Bromsgrove.

First Great Western cancelled early services from Malvern to London due to weather conditions and some late evening replacement bus services between Oxford and Worcestershire will not run.

Herefordshire Council said the north of the county had been hit by heavy snow and said gritters and ploughs were trying to keep main roads open.

Motorists are being advised to keep away from the area, north of Leominster, if possible.

In Worcestershire, some bus services in the Kidderminster area are suspended.

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