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Snow causes huge disruption on rail network as staff can't get in to work

West Midlands Rail livery in station Credit: West Midlands Railway

Today is the first day the West Midlands Trains takes over the franchise for London Midland, and the operator has advised people not to travel because of the snow.

London Midland has been split into two different names - the London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway.

It says it’s attempting to run as many trains as possible today. However poor road conditions are preventing key staff from getting to work.

London Northwestern Railway livery Credit: West Midlands Rail

It’s warning of significant delays and cancellations throughout the day. Tickets dated for travel this Sunday will be accepted by London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway on Monday.

A spokesman for the two train operators said

"We apologise to our customers. We have experienced significant snow falls across our network overnight. While we have done all we can to prepare our trains, stations and depots, road access is provig the biggest challenge of all. Our main priorities are to run what services we can safely and make preparations to protect the start of commuter services on Monday morning.

"Anyone who has had their rail journey delayed by 15 minutes or more should claim delay repay compensation. Information can be found on the London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway websites."

– West Midlands Rail spokesperson