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Trains between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street cancelled for rest of the day due to flooding

By Rob Smith | Shrewsbury | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

Trains between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street will be cancelled for the rest of the day after a viaduct in Shrewsbury reached a high water mark.

Chester Street, Shrewsbury. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Train services from Shrewsbury after 2pm will be cancelled.

West Midlands Railway has said after the last service at 1.34pm, trains from the east will only run as far as Wellington for the rest of the day, with replacement road transport in operation.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said: "The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance and the extremely high water levels in Shropshire has forced Network Rail to shut the railway as a precaution.

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"Passengers are advised to check their train before travelling and anyone travelling to or from Shrewsbury will need to allow extra time to complete their journey via road transport.

"We hope that water levels will drop enough for Network Rail to reopen the line by Wednesday morning but passengers are advised to check live travel information before setting out tomorrow."

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The closure affects eastbound services from Shrewsbury only.

"The station remains open for services heading towards Crewe or Chester."

Fans heading to tonight's Shrewsbury Town match with Tranmere were told the game was still on but they should be aware of travel complications.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith
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Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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