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28th Jun, 2022

STORM EUNICE UPDATES - 100 Droitwich homes hit by power cut and fallen trees causing chaos on the road

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

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

POWER CUT

More than 100 properties in Droitwich are without electricity after a power cut.

The homes are all around the A449 and include areas such as Hadley and Ombersley.

The power was lost around 1pm and Western Power Distribution engineers are on the scene but electricity may not be restored until 9pm.

The postcodes affected are below –

WR9 0JL, WR9 0LJ, WR9 0LL, WR9 0JQ, WR9 0AU, WR9 0JX, WR9 0JJ, WR9 0JU, WR9 0JH, WR9 0AX, WR9 0QB, WR9 0JW, WR9 0JN, WR9 0HZ, WR9 0II, WR9 0JG

ROADS

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

The A4133 in Ombersley will remain closed for some time due to multiple fallen trees.

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

A fallen tree on Elmbridge Lane, Elmbridge, has not only blocked the road, it has also affected power lines.

A fallen tree has blocked Station Road, Fernhill Heath.

Tagwell Road, Droitwich, is blocked by a fallen tree.

A tree is blocking the A38 in Rashwood, Droitwich.

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

Newland Road to Plough Lane, Oddingley, is blocked by a fallen tree.

A fallen tree on the A442 between Rushock Trading Estate and Well Lane – part of the road is blocked.

Half of Sale Green Road, Crowle, is blocked by a fallen tree.

There is a full closure on the A449 Ombersley Road on the approach to the roundabout by Claines Lane. Highways teams say it is likely to be closed for some time. Drivers are urged to avoid the whole area and find alternative routes.

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

BUSES

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.

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.

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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