Watch cars stranded on the town’s main road as Longbridge Lane submerged in flooding
These are the shocking scenes of a busy urban route after being overwhelmed by torrential rains.
A heavy downpour of rain hit Birmingham – and left cars stranded on flooded Longbridge Lane this morning, Tuesday 24 September.
The video above showed a red car stuck in a cloudy brown patch of water on the street, a short walk from Longbridge Shopping Park and Railway Station.
Traffic stopped on surrounding roads, with motorists being asked to avoid the area.
Bus services 45 and 47 were diverted, with services terminating at the Sunbury Road bus terminal. Some bus users have reported 90 minute delays on service 45 from Birmingham city center to Longbridge.
The passenger said: “I was wondering why the 45 was ending at KN station in Bham this morning and 90 minutes late, until I saw the flooding at Longbridge! Ouch! Good luck today!”
Read our live updates on the chaos in and around Birmingham here
Service 48 – from Northfield to West Bromwich – was also diverted from Longbridge Lane via Cofton Road, Groveley Lane, Lickey Road and Lowhill Lane.
National Express West Midlands tweeted: “Services 45 and 47 have been diverted due to flooding from Longbridge Lane. Services are being diverted via Longbridge Lane and Longbridge Lane Service Rd.
“Both services end at the Sunbury Rd bus terminus.
“Service 48 is currently being diverted as follows due to flooding on Longbridge Lane: Towards Northfield: Clunbury Road, Turves Green, Coombes Lane, Groveley Lane, Lowhill Lane, Lickey Road, Bristol South Road, continue the normal route line .
The no. 63 – from Birmingham city center to Frankley via Longbridge – would operate normally.
There was also road chaos in Bromsgrove, with the A448 Kidderminster road completely blocked by flooding.
A fallen tree blocked the railway line between Smethwick Galton Bridge and Langley Green, causing cancellations between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge Junction.
Trains were delayed up to 45 minutes or canceled until around noon.
Replacement buses were running and tickets were accepted for the following services:
- West Midlands metro between Birmingham Grand Central – Corporation Street – Bull Street – Snow Hill (for Snow Hill Station) – Jewelery Quarter – The Hawthorns – West Bromwich Central
National Express West Midlands on routes 4, 4H, 4M, 8A, 8C, 9, 12, 12A, 13, 16, 17, 80, 87, X10, X7 and X8
Birmingham faces a deluge over the next two days, with the Met Office asking commuters to check the forecast before traveling.
The agency has issued a yellow weather alert for the city and the surrounding area as heavy rains hit the UK.
Forecasters urged drivers to exercise caution.
Heavy showers were to merge and give more prolonged episodes of rain this morning, with some possible torrential downpours, with gusts of wind and a risk of hail and thunder.
Scattered showers were expected this afternoon and overnight, with longer periods of rain after midnight.