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24th Jan, 2022

Storm Arwen wreaks havoc across Worcestershire with more than 100 fallen trees and delays to road, rail and buses

Tristan Harris 27th Nov, 2021 Updated: 27th Nov, 2021

WORCESTERSHIRE Highways and West Mercia Police had a busy night dealing with more than 100 fallen trees as Storm Arwen battered the county.

High winds blew and heavy rain at times as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning.

People have been warned to only journey out if it is absolutely possible and avoid driving.

In Malvern, trees were cleared from Welland, Guarlford, Hanley Swan and at British Camp.

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Other areas affected by fallen trees included Dunhamstead, Norton, Powick, Holt Heath, Ombersley, Beoley, Hopwood.

The B4204 remains closed at Martley by Barbers Lane due to a fallen tree.

Highways officers are dealing with incidents on the A44 by Laylocks, A443 Witley Court, A4133 Holt Fleet, B4209 between the Three Counties and Hanley Swan.

Falling debris also caused chaos in Hagley with long delays on the Birmingham Road.

Havoc was also wreaked on the railways – the CrossCity Line north is still closed between between Lichfield Trent Valley, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham New Street with no estimated time for the line to reopen.

And a fallen tree disrupted trains between Malvern and Hereford.

In Droitwich, the 144 and 144A buses were diverted as they could not call at Victoria Square.

They stopped instead at the Raven Hotel and Ombersley Street East.

Residents also woke up to snow this morning, also brought by Storm Arwen.

Anyone who encounters falling trees or other highways issues should call the Worcestershire County Council Highways team on 01905 765765

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