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STORM EUNICE UPDATES - Fallen trees in Bromsgrove district, bus changes and power cuts in Rubery and Romsley

Tristan Harris 18th Feb, 2022 Updated: 18th Feb, 2022

STORM Eunice has arrived in Worcestershire and has brought chaos to the county.

ROADS

Worcestershire Highways teams and contractors are dealing with many fallen trees, often blocking roads.

The B4091 Stourbridge Road in Fairfield is blocked by a fallen tree between The Swan pub and Sandy Lane.

Church Lane is blocked by a fallen tree.

A fallen tree is blocking Bittell Farm Road in Barnt Green.

Clent Road, Rubery, is blocked by a fallen tree.

There have been three fallen trees in Chaddesley Corbett – one on the A448 – blocking half the road – and two others in Tandys Lane and Park Lane, also blocking the roads.

Samsara Road, Bromsgrove, has been blocked by a fallen tree.

The Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, is blocked by a fallen tree.

A fallen tree is blocking School Road in Hanbury. It is blocking the road by the school.

Churchill Lane, Hagley, is blocked by a fallen tree, as is Belbroughton Road, Broome.

A tree is blocking Church Lane in Tardebigge.

A fallen tree is blocking Greenhill, Blackwell.

A fallen tree is blocking the road in Truemans Heath Lane, Wythall.

Church Road in Tutnall, Bromsgrove, is blocked by a fallen

Two roads are blocked in Alvechurch by fallen trees – Swan Street and Woodpecker Close, off Ash Lane.

A fallen tree at Rectory Lane, Upton Warren, has left the road completely blocked.

A tree is blocking the A38 in Rashwood, Droitwich.

Worcestershire Highways are incidents and are is sending crews to the scenes.

POWER CUTS

More than 30 properties in Rubery and Romsley have been left without electricity after a power cut.

The supply might not be restored until 11.30pm tonight. A list of postcodes of affected streets are below.

B62 0HA, B62 0HB, B45 9AE, B45 9AD, B45 9AA, B61 0QH, B62 0HE, B61 0RA, B45 9AF

BUSES

Diamond Bus has made changes to the 145/145A – Longbridge to Bromsgrove – service as part of the route is affected by a fallen tree at the bottom of Green Hill, Burcot. Green Hill cannot be served. Services are diverting via  Little Heath Lane, Brooke House Road, Linthurst Road and St Catherine’s Road in both directions.

Due to a fallen tree on Droitwich Road, services 36/144/144A are diverting via Checkett’s Lane and Ombersley Road in both directions.

The bus is unable to serve stops between Checketts Lane and Wentworth Court.

Earlier, three of the 144 buses from Worcester to Birmingham, via Droitwich and Bromsgrove have been cancelled – the 10.10am, 10.30am and 12.30pm will all not be running.

Operator First Worcester has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

RAIL

WEST Midlands Railway has reiterated its warning for passengers not to travel today (Friday) because of widespread disruption caused by Storm Eunice.

The Cross-City Line in Birmingham was partially-suspended on Friday afternoon after a tree blew onto overhead power lines near Four Oaks station.

Further afield, long-distance train services to many destinations have also been suspended due to multiple storm-related incidents across the wider rail network. All lines between the West Midlands and London were suspended following multiple storm-related incidents.

The operator is also warning that some journeys on Saturday morning may be disrupted while damaged railway infrastructure is repaired and trains are moved to their correct locations.

Due to the scale of the ongoing disruption, passengers holding tickets for travel today will be able to use them all weekend or on Monday instead.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Tardebigge CE First School is closed due to the age and position of the building and its susceptibility to Storm Eunice.

 

Plans in place for Worcestershire – 

Rail

West Midlands Railway issued a its ‘do not travel’ warning for commuters for Friday, expecting disruption from fallen trees and flying debris.

Blanket speed restrictions will be in place on all services and will also cause delays.

 

Roads

Due to the potential severity of Storm Eunice Worcestershire County Council Highways teams have suspended non-essential highway maintenance operations so they can use their available resources to deal with fallen trees, flooding and other hazards.

Anyone who spots a fallen tree blocking a road or other issues should call Worcestershire Highways on 01905 845676.

 

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