Storm Doris strands students in Selly

Students are unable to travel due to cancelled trains

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Students are trapped in Selly Oak this evening due to overhead line damage and fallen trees, caused by the 94mph gale winds of storm Doris, blocking London Midland services from Redditch and Lichfield.

New Street Station has reached a standstill as crowds of passengers are unable to board their trains that have been cancelled.

Hundreds of passengers have been left in the dark with little or no information being given and display boards crashing.

Many travellers who have been forced to stay the night in Birmingham are now being turned away from hotels.

University of Birmingham Alumni, Lucy, was affected by the disruption. She said: “It was a disaster. All I was trying to do was get home from work and Doris stopped me in my tracks.

“It was terrible, there were people everywhere. I had to walk from Brindley Place to Selly Oak.”

During the afternoon there were no trains running from Selly Oak to New Street and for passengers who were desperate, it was an uber ride as expensive as £32 or a 45 minute wait for a Castle Cars Taxi.

Virgin Trains have advised passengers to avoid travelling and postpone plans until tomorrow.