Yellow alerts issued due to heavy rain and train strike intended to cause travel disruption

Heavy rains could wreak havoc over the weekend as it coincides with a train drivers’ strike on Saturday.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for southern England and south Wales on Saturday and Sunday. Parts of Scotland are under yellow weather alert on Saturday.

He said the downpours would likely cause flooding on roads and lengthen travel times, possibly flooding homes and businesses as well.

Four flood warnings and 56 flood warnings were issued in England.

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Saturday’s weather warnings coincide with a strike by train drivers belonging to the Aslef union in a long-running pay dispute, which has impacted 11 operators.

Businesses where no service is expected include Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Chiltern and East Midlands, while others including Great Western and Greater Anglia say services will be extremely limited.

‘No one listens to us’

Passengers were advised to plan ahead and check before traveling throughout the weekend.

Running trains will start later on Saturday morning and finish much earlier than usual, with services typically running between 7.30am and 6.30pm on the day of the strike.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We don’t want to be in this position, but nobody is listening to us.

“Our members have not received a pay raise during the pandemic and we are told that the railway companies cannot afford more than a 2% raise.”

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The rain, which is expected to be heavy at times, will affect parts of South Wales and South West England between 2pm on Saturday and 3am on Sunday.

In Wales, Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthen are among the areas that could be affected; while in England, Plymouth, Southampton and St Austell could all be affected.

The Met Office said: “Rain is expected to build over south Wales and south-west England during Saturday afternoon, slowly moving east to clear most areas early Sunday morning.

“Although the heaviest rain is expected in the hills, periods of heavy rain are expected almost everywhere. Quite a 15 to 25mm is forecast, with some places seeing 40 to 60mm of rain, particularly in the hills in south Wales and in southwest England.

“Strong winds will accompany the rain, with gusts of 45 to 55 mph in the hills and around the coasts.”

Parts of Scotland, including Perth and Sterling, could also experience heavy rain from noon to midnight on Saturday.

The Met Office has warned that “heavy rains could cause flooding and disruption to travel” during this period.

“The rain will become persistent and heavy at times in the warning area into Saturday afternoon and evening,” he added.

“Accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are expected, with 45 mm possible at high altitude.

“Given the existing saturated ground, there is a risk of some localized flooding.”

For Sunday to Tuesday, the Met Office’s weather forecast says: “Rain over England and Wales will slowly clear on Sunday, with stormy showers to follow north.

“Northern showers die off on Monday, with many dry areas on Tuesday.

“Fog after.”

Which lines are affected?

– Avanti West Coast – No service

– Chiltern Railways – No service

– CrossCountry – No service

– East Midlands Railway – No service

– Great Western Railway – The service will be extremely limited, commencing at 7.30am and finishing around 9.30pm

– Greater Anglia – Will be operating an extremely limited service

– London North Eastern Railway – Extremely limited service will be operating

– London Northwestern Railway – No service

– Lumo – Trains will only run between Edinburgh and Newcastle.

– North – No service

– Southeast – No service

– TransPennine Express – Extremely limited service will be operating.

– West Midlands Railway – No service

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