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Storm Callum: Warning to rail passengers and drivers as weather front sweeps in

By Jordan Reynolds | Transport | Published:

Train passengers and motorists are being warned to check before they travel as Storm Callum sweeps in tomorrow.

Shropshire is on the edge of a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office – and Mid Wales is right in the firing line.

Heavy rain and wind could bring delays to the roads and train services, according to experts

The Met Office said both Friday and Saturday are expected to be wet and windy days as Storm Callum moves in from the Atlantic.

Thursday afternoon forecast 11/10/18

Forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: "Shropshire is on the edge of the yellow warnings we have issued, with the most persistent and heaviest rain expected across Wales, north west England and south west England.

"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday.

"This zone of heavy rain is expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, with further yellow weather warnings in place.

"Both Friday and Saturday will be wet and windy days for Shropshire, with bursts of heavy rain at times."

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Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted.

James Nicholas of Arriva Trains Wales said: "There is significant rain expected this weekend across Wales coupled with high winds and very high tides, particularly up on the Cambrian Coast – linking in to Shrewsbury.

“There are a number of locations on our network which have been susceptible to flooding during extreme weather and as such we are looking at possible amendments to services in partnership with Network Rail to reduce the impact of this weather.

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“Customers travelling today and Saturday are strongly advised to check for latest updates to their journeys prior to travelling.”

Highways England today urged drivers to take care in wet conditions, and listed advice for drivers.

Spokesman Mark Round said: “Safety is Highways England’s top priority and we regularly check the condition of our roads and drainage systems.

“We would urge drivers to take care in wet conditions. Rain makes it harder for tyres to grip the road and harder for drivers to see ahead – significantly increasing the chances of being involved in a collision."

In wet weather drivers are urged to slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles is making it difficult to see and be seen and remember that stopping distances will be at least double in wet weather, keep well back from the vehicle in front, and ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive.

For more information on rail disruption, visit journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales/

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star covering Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

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