The British Transport Police and Network Rail are strongly advising people not to travel today unless their journey is absolutely necessary.

The extreme weather conditions mean that a vast amount of trains are cancelled or delayed due to flooding and landslides.

Network Rail have also announced that there will be further strike action on Saturday, meaning more disruption for football fans, revellers and Christmas shoppers in the Midlands.

RMT strike action is planned for every Saturday between November 16 and December 28, meaning that other operators' trains are expected to be much busier.

Network Rail advise passengers to:

“We are expecting trains and stations in Birmingham to be very busy again this weekend so we are urging passengers to be prepared. “With strike action affecting West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services, passengers are being warned that other operators’ trains will be busier than usual. “We therefore urge train customers to check before you travel at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/, plan your journeys in advance, and know your last trains home. “Network Rail and train companies are working as one team to get people from A to B as safely and swiftly as possible.”

Network Rail Spokesperson

Extra staff will be on hand at Birmingham New Street station on Saturday to help passengers safely make their journeys to and from the station.