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Rail lines re-open as huge fire is brought under control

Rail lines have re-opened after a huge fire caused major disruption during this evening's rush hour.

200 tonnes of scrap metal was on fire on Charles Street in Handsworth, near West Bromwich Albion's ground.

The fire caused major problems on the rail network Credit: Wozza Grant

Major blaze still underway near West Brom ground

Firefighters are still tackling a huge blaze near West Brom's football ground which is causing huge problems on rail services.

200 tonnes of scrap metal is alight at Charles Street in Handsworth.

Read the latest disruptions to travel here

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Disruption to rail services due to huge fire near West Brom

There's disruption to several rail services due to a huge fire near West Brom's football ground. Credit: Wozza Grant

There's disruption to several rail services due to a huge fire near West Brom's football ground.

200 tonnes of scrap metal is alight near The Hawthorns in Handsworth.

The services affected are:

  • Delays of up to 40 minutes on Chiltern Railways between Kidderminster and Marylebone due to a lineside fire at The Hawthorns.
  • Delays of up to 40 minutes on London Midland between Worcester Foregate St and Leamington Spa due to a lineside fire at The Hawthorns. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes.
  • Service suspended on Midland Metro between The Hawthorns and Handsworth Booth Street due to a lineside fire between the stations.
  • All train services between Smethwick and the the Jewellery Quarter have been suspended.
  • Metro has suspended all services between Winson Green and the Hawthorns.
  • Tickets are being accepted on NX WM bus services.

Huge plumes of smoke from fire near West Brom ground

These are the latest pictures from a fire in Handsworth near West Bromwich Albion's football ground.

It's reportedly causing problems on nearby roads and some trains.

The fire is near West Bromwich Albion's football ground Credit: Wozza Grant
This is the fire in Handsworth Credit: Wozza Grant
The fire is causing problems on some trains Credit: ITV News Central
Plumes of smoke are rising into the air form the huge blaze Credit: ITV News Central

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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200 tonnes of scrap metal on fire near West Brom ground

200 tonnes of scrap metal is on fire on Charles Street in Handsworth.

It is near West Bromwich Albion's ground.

It's causing problems on nearby roads and some trains.

More to follow...

Car smashing into house was like 'earthquake erupting'

A sick pensioner in Birmingham has said he was terrified after a car being pursued in a police chase smashed into his house.

A Renault Clio ploughed through his garden wall and into his Nissan Note parked on his driveway Credit: BPM Media

73-year-old Thomas Maguire, who is currently battling cancer, compared the impact in Olton Boulevard East, in Acocks Green to like an earthquake erupting.

A Renault Clio ploughed through his garden wall at around 12.30am and into his Nissan Note parked on his driveway which was forced backwards, demolishing his porch.

An 18-year-old was arrested at the scene on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, dangerous driving and possessing two bags of cannabis.

The pensioner compared the impact to an earthquake erupting. Credit: BPM Media
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