Storm Arwen wreaks havoc across the West Midlands

Storm Arwen has hit the Midlands causing travel chaos and a slew of cancelled events.

Snow in Hednesford Road, Cannock
Snow in Hednesford Road, Cannock

Snow and high winds saw trees fall across train tracks and roads, causing delays on the travel networks on Saturday.

West Midlands Railway announced a fallen tree in Codsall had stopped services between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

Watch snowy scenes in Willenhall filmed by Paul Turner:

WMR tweeted: "The Shrewsbury line remains blocked by a fallen tree near Codsall.

"Very limited road transport is operating and there's currently no estimate for the line to reopen. Ticket acceptance is in place on local Arriva bus routes."

A pedestrian battles through the snow in Cannock

The cross city line from Lichfield to Redditch through Birmingham was also affected.

WMR tweeted: "The Cross City line north remains blocked between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield City by a fallen tree and associated overhead wire damage.

Snow at Ashmore Park, Wednesfield. Photo: Paul Turner

"Although we've not been able to source road transport, ticket acceptance is in place on local NX West Midlands bus routes."

"The mainline is currently blocked in both directions between #Crewe and #Stafford. Limited journey options are available via Stoke-on-Trent and engineers from Network Rail are working on the fault."

A damaged train at Wolverhampton Railway Station

The Black Country Living Museum decided to close its doors due to the weather.

Snow in Hednesford Road, Cannock

A spokesman said: "Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions we’ve had to take the reluctant decision to close the museum today.

"This means that the museum is closed for general admission. Santa Hunts for Sat 27 Nov are also cancelled.

Milking Bank in Dudley. Photo: Melvin Cooper

"This isn’t a decision that we’ve taken lightly. However, the safety of our visitors and colleagues is our priority. We’re very sorry and understand that this will be disappointing news for everyone who was looking forward to joining us today."

Dudley Zoo also announced it was closed and the "animals have snuck into their cages."

Alton Towers announced the resort would not be open at its usual time at 11am but later opened. The Trentham Estate also closed.

Snow in Wolverhampton. Photo: George Huntbatch

There were severe delays around Cannock due a a major collision on the M6 on Saturday morning.

Lanes were closed on the southbound carriageway between J11, for Cannock, and J10A.

However, by midday the lanes had been cleared but drivers were warned to reduce their speed to avoid crashes.

The M6 Toll was also hit by snowfall.

Motorists were warned: "Due to heavy snow, significant stretches of the M6toll are being affected.

"Our team are currently responding and reviewing all areas regularly.

"We urge you to travel with care. Further updates can be found on our website, thank you for your understanding."

Snow in Milking Bank in Dudley. Photo: Melvin Cooper

David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “It certainly has been a challenging 24 hours for our highways crews.

"The double-whammy of snow and high winds has mean crews have been working round the clock to keep our county moving.

"Crews will continue working throughout the day to clear our highways of debris and snow.

"Weather forecasts seem to show the snow tailing off and temperatures rising during the day, but nevertheless I would advise people to take care on the roads, drive safely and allow more time for their journeys."

In Dudley, all libraries were closed for the day.

A yellow warning for wind was in place for the whole of Staffordshire until 6pm on Saturday.

A cold weather alert has also been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England), which is in place until 3pm on Monday.

People are being advised to check on older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or have a serious illness.

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