Storm Franklin Birmingham: latest information on trains, buses and schools

Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for Birmingham

Storm Franklin has hit Birmingham bringing high winds and rain across the city.

The low-pressure system is expected to ease this afternoon (Monday February 21).

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The latest storm follows Friday’s Storm Eunice and Thursday’s Storm Dudley. There have been reports that Storm Gladys could hit the UK in days - but these are not yet confirmed.

Within the yellow weather warning area, wind gusts will be 50-60mph in the Midlands.

What is happening on the trains?

West Midlands Railway has reported that some services will be disrupted, but trains are running unlike Friday when all services were cancelled.

A spokesperson said: “There will be no trains operated by London Northwestern Railway between Liverpool - Crewe until at least 10:00.

  • “Buses will replace trains at Winsford and Hartford, which may depend on how the weather affects the road network.
  • “Avanti West Coast are expecting to operate their London Euston - Crewe - Liverpool Lime Street services, but are expecting their trains to run as a slower speed and will be delayed.
  • “Other parts of our network may also be subject to disruption.”
  • You can find the latest information here: West Midlands Railway
New yellow weather warnings for strong winds from Storm Franklin have been issued across the UK

What is happening on the buses?

National Express West Midlands did not report any specific services being cancelled but advised: “Due to the adverse weather conditions and warnings in the West Midlands, we would like to advise everyone to take care when travelling with us today.”

You can find the latest information at: National Express West Midlands

Are the schools shut?

Currently there are no reports of schools being shut. Birmingham City Council is asking parents to check with individual schools. You can find the listing at: Birmingham City Council

Are any other storms on the way?

There are reports that another storm - Storm Gladys - could hit the UK within days, but these have not yet being confirmed.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Following the significant impacts of Storm Eunice on Friday, Storm Franklin will bring further high winds for many late on Sunday and into Monday, although not on the same scale as Eunice.

RAC Breakdown Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “If conditions get particularly bad again, people should consider postponing their journeys, and for those who have to drive, it’s vital they keep their wits about them at all times.”

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