Football fans, revellers and Christmas shoppers in the Midlands are being warned of busier-than-usual trains this Saturday.

RMT strike action each Saturday between November 16 and December 28 will impact West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services. Other operators’ trains will be busier as a result.

For information on how services will be affected visit: 

Visitors to Birmingham city centre, meanwhile, are being reminded to think in threes this Saturday if travelling by train.

With the Frankfurt Christmas market now in full-swing, a combination of market goers, shoppers and sports fixtures are expected to draw big crowds.

Network Rail has these three top travel tips for train passengers:

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “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 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.”

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.

For information on the industrial action visit: www.wmr.uk/industrialaction or www.lnr.uk/industrialaction

To plan and check journeys visit www.nationalrail.co.uk