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Businesses to get more compensation for tram works

These are the new style trams being testing on Line One, before the extensions open in early 2015
These are the new style trams being testing on Line One, before the extensions open in early 2015 Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire County Council have agreed to increase their contribution to the Special Hardship Fund set up to help traders affected by the tram works.

The council's increasing the package they offer to £50,000. Businesses along the extended routes through Beeston and Clifton say they've struggled to cope during the construction of the new tram lines.

How some businesses have been affected along the route in Beeston
How some businesses have been affected along the route in Beeston Credit: ITV News Central

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HS2 staff could be 'paid more than Prime Minister'

When built HS2 would run from London to Birmingham, then fork up through Staffordshire and to the East Midlands. Credit: HS2 Ltd

The Transport Secretary has said it's vital to get the "best people" working on HS2, after it emerged that thirty staff could be better paid than the Prime Minister.

Patrick McLoughlin says HS2 must attract the 'best people' Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary & Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin said the proposed salaries were within the budget set and would involve hiring engineers with established skills.

But he said all salaries would have to be approved by the Treasury.

Video shows world's largest plane in East Midlands

The world's biggest plane is due to take off from East Midlands Airport at 10 o clock this morning. The Antonov-225 was made in Ukraine.

It's powered by six engines and is the longest and heaviest plane ever built with a maximum take-off weight of 6 hunderd and 40 tonnes.

It landed at the airport yesterday evening, which was filmed by Gary Hodgkinson.

World's biggest plane to take off from East Midlands

The front of the plane opens up to get cargo in Credit: Borna Filic/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

The world's biggest plane is due to take off from East Midlands Airport at 10am today.

The Antonov-225 is a Ukrainian-built plane powered by six engines and is the longest and heaviest plane ever built with a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes.

It landed yesterday evening at the airport.

The plane has three engines on each wing Credit: Borna Filic/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

Read: Dreamliner takes off in the Midlands for the first time

Dramatic commute as firefighters called to train fire

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Commuters in Shropshire have had a dramatic start to the working week after firefighters were called to reports of a fire on board a train in Shropshire.

The train had to stop at Whitchurch railway station, and fire-fighters were called shortly before 7:30am this morning.

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A legitimate excuse for the delay to my journey to the office this morning - my train is on fire! http://t.co/5Jffy7wshC

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One fire engine dealt with the incident, and Shropshire Fire & Rescue service says it has been using thermal imaging cameras, but no fault could be found with the train.

Passengers have been tweeting pictures of smoke coming from the engine compartment.

Rush hour services between Shrewsbury & Crewe have been heavily disrupted. The train is being recovered and taken to Wrenbury Station, and the incident has now been handed over to Cheshire Fire Service & Arriva Train engineers.

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