MANY train services due to stop at Chester station today have been cancelled.

This is due to signalling issues caused by flooding and torrential rain meaning that trains are unable to call at Chester.

Passengers have been warned to check before they travel and that they should expect journey times to take longer.

Bus replacement service is operating between Chester and Hooton.

A statement from Merseyrail said: "Due to signalling issues as a result of flooding and continued rainfall, an amended service will run on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines on Thursday 13 June.

"On the Ellesmere Port line a 30 minute rail service will run between Ellesmere Port and Rock Ferry. Passengers can then change Rock Ferry for services in to Liverpool city centre."

It adds: "Trains will run between Rock Ferry and Liverpool city centre stations."

"On the Chester line a rail replacement bus will run between Chester and Hooton. At Hooton passengers can change onto an Ellesmere Port line train to Rock Ferry, and again at Rock Ferry for train "services to Liverpool city centre.

"Where possible more trains will run. "

"Journey times are expected to be significantly longer.

Passengers are urged to check the Merseyrail home page and @Merseyrail on Twitter for the latest updates before they travel.

Yesterday, the Chester to Crewe line was completely submerged.