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'Very basic' rail service due to strike action

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will only be running a "very basic" service on Saturday as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union take strike action.

Bus replacement services will run on the following routes, it said:

And this is the timetable for their planned rail services:

Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Chiltern Railways and Transport for Wales are due to run a normal Saturday timetable, but will be busier, it added.

Flooding likely to remain a problem over weekend

Flooding is continuing to affect parts of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and the Environment Agency said river levels were likely to remain high over the coming days.

The rivers Lugg, Severn and Avon are all affected and more rain is forecast for the weekend.

Tractor clearing river
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has been clearing debris from rivers, but warned water could also come up through drains.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be an unsettled day with some rain and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and windy day with highs of 6C (43F).

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Dry weather continue tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and breezy tonight but it will cloud over early tomorrow with the chance of the odd patch of mist:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Warm coat weather but no umbrella needed

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold start although it should be a fine, dry and sunny day:

Rich Davis

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with some cloud and lows of 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

General Election 2019: Your West Midlands health questions

One of the big issues for voters at the general election is likely to be health.

We want to know what issues regarding health services matter to you.

How are our hospitals doing? Can you get appointments at the doctors or any other clinics?

You can submit your queries through our "your questions" page.

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BBC

Freezing fog 'likely to cause disruption'

Patches of dense and freezing fog are likely to cause travel disruption throughout the morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

A yellow warning for fog is in place across the West Midlands until 11:00.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog should clear leaving a dry and cloudy day with highs of 7C (45F).

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When is the deadline to register to vote?

There are 24 days until the election, but are you registered to vote? The deadline is 26 November, so the clock is ticking.

Dog at polling station
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Here are more details on how to do it and answers to other question you may have.

Freezing fog likely to cause travel disruption

Dense and freezing fog patches are likely to cause some travel disruption on Tuesday, the Met Office is warning.

Fog map
Met Office

A yellow warning for fog is in place for the West Midlands from 04:00 until 11:00 on Tuesday.

'Alarm' over winter flood prospects

The Environment Agency's director of flood risk management says he is "alarmed" by the prospect of further flooding across England this winter.

John Curtin said there had been so much rain this autumn, the land was saturated in many places.

He is concerned that floods are going to "get worse, more frequently, more often".

The three months from September have seen near-record levels of rain with 900 properties flooded across England.

Flood warnings remain in place across Worcestershire and Shropshire.

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Flood warnings and alerts remain in place

Residents have been warned to "remain vigilant" as more than a dozen flood warnings are in place and many roads still affected.

Tewkesbury
Environment Agency

There are 13 warnings affecting Worcestershire, along the River Severn and Avon, and five in Shropshire.

Flood defences were put up in Ironbridge on Saturday evening.

The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels are dropping quickly on the Avon and Teme and falling slowly on the Severn upstream of Bewdley.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with some cloud and highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'No threat to safety' in Evesham

There is no "immediate or expected" threat to the safety of residents in Evesham, the fire service has said.

Evesham
BBC

The needs of residents of 15 properties in the town that are at risk of flooding are being assessed, it added.

Evesham
BBC

Flood barriers are up and properties around the Greyfriars Bridge, which are at higher risk, are being monitored, the fire service says.

Area Commander Mark Preece said: “Surface water flooding on the highways has closed more than 100 roads in Worcestershire and many in Herefordshire and is expected to remain a problem over the weekend."

Roads and footpaths will remain 'dangerous'

Although flood levels are expected to fall over the next 24 hours we're being warned that roads and footpaths will remain dangerous.

The Environment Agency said roads would be dangerous because of mud and gravel left behind and footpaths near rivers will be slippery, even when the water has gone.

Footpath
BBC

Homes and businesses that have been flooded could be contaminated by oil, silt and sewage and the Environment Agency has advice on how to safely clean up afterwards.

Rail disruption expected until Saturday afternoon

BBC News Travel

The flooded rail lines at Evesham are now set to disrupt services until 12:00 on Saturday, said National Rail Enquiries.

The line has been closed between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Shrub Hill.

Train services between London Paddington, Worcester Shrub Hill, Great Malvern and Hereford will be either terminated at Oxford or divert between Reading and Worcester Shrub Hill.

Some bus replacement services are running.

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Roads remain closed and warnings for drivers

There are 17 roads closed in Herefordshire this morning and one bus service won't be running.

You can get more details here.

Some roads are being reopened, but motorists are being urged to stay out of floodwater.

Worcestershire County Council tweeted this photo of a broken manhole cover on the A38 at Bromsgrove - it said it was hidden beneath the water and some people who ignored road closed signs damaged their vehicles on it.

Manhole cover
Worcestershire County Council

Water levels expected to continue rising

Water levels are expected to rise further today and will remain high for a number of days, the Environment Agency has warned.

There are flood warnings and flood alerts for most rivers in the region, with a peak expected this afternoon in most cases.

Flood map
Environment Agency

The river levels aren't expected to be quite as high as the ones we saw at the end of last month, but as you can see from this photo in Hereford this morning, they're pretty high.

The Met Office doesn't have any weather warnings for the coming days.

Hereford
BBC

Almost 100 people rescued from floodwater

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service says it has now rescued a total of 97 people... and don't forget the dog.

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Flooding affecting roads around Droitwich

This is the scene at Ford Lane in Droitwich, which is impassable.

A flood alert remains in place for the nearby river Salwarpe, with flooding of roads and farmland expected today.

Ford Road
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Other areas that may be affected include Stoke Heath, Elmley Lovett and Ombersley, said the Environment Agency.

Severe disruption: A442 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A442 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, between The Forest and Pointon Way.

A442 Worcestershire - Queues on A442 Kidderminster Road in both directions in Hampton Lovett between The Forest junction and the Pointon Way junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rail services running after flood disruption

Train services are running normally this morning after severe disruption on Thursday.

Flooded tracks at Wood End
Network Rail

A "vast amount" of services were cancelled or delayed because of floods and landslides yesterday.

A tunnel between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham flooded as well as rail lines between Birmingham and Leamington Spa, including Wood End station (pictured).

Floodwater is still affecting dozens of roads across the West Midlands.

More than 80 rescued from floodwater

Firefighters helped 35 vehicles stuck in floodwater across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Flood Water
Dave Harford / West Midlands Ambulance Service

Six properties across the two counties were also affected by flooding.

In total, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service says crews had to rescue 87 people and one dog.

More than 30 schools in Worcestershire have already said they will be closed today, with dozens of roads affected.

Dozens of roads and schools affected by flooding

More than 30 schools remain closed across Warwickshire and Worcestershire as floodwater is still affecting roads around the region.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Dozens of flood warnings are in place across the West Midlands following heavy rainfall on Thursday.

The River Avon is expected to peak at Evesham this morning at its highest levels since 2012 with the peak not expected at Stratford-upon-Avon until later.

Watch: Advice to people affected by flooding

West Midlands Ambulance has tweeted this helpful video, with some advice for people who suffer flooding.

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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

'Numerous' cars stuck in floods, say police

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

The A448 Kidderminster Road in Bromsgrove is now completely impassable, especially by Fox Lane.

"Numerous" vehicles have been stuck in the floodwater in the area, police say, including this one in Chaddesley Corbett.

Car partially submerged in flood at Chaddesley Corbett

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.

More flood warnings likely in next 24 hours

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

"Appalling" conditions have been seen across the West Midlands region as about one to two inches of rain has fallen today, said the Environment Agency.

Dave Throup
BBC

The rain has led to some "very serious surface water flooding", said the agency's Dave Throup.

The prospects for the next few days are "very difficult to tell as the water is running off so quickly", he added.

"Going forward the River Severn, Avon and River Teme - we're likely to be issuing more warnings as we go through the next 24 to 48 hours."

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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More than 100 schools closed by flooding

Andy Giddings

BBC News

There are now more than 100 schools closed across the West Midlands.

That includes 61 shut or about to close in Worcestershire, 27 in Warwickshire, 18 in Herefordshire and nine in Shropshire.

Flooded road
Steve Kaack

In some cases it's because the school itself is affected, but in many cases it's because of flooding on surrounding roads.

And parents are being advised to look out for more closures on Friday.

More than 60 West Midlands schools shut due to floods

Thirty six schools are now closed in Worcestershire with another 11 closed in Herefordshire due to flooding.

Across Warwickshire, 13 are now shut.

Six have also now been closed in Shropshire.

Flooding
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