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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

Dramatic commute as firefighters called to train fire

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.

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.


Research reveals lack of spending on Midlands transport

ITV Central Weather Credit: ITV News Central

Spending on transport projects in the West Midlands is less than a third of that in London.

In evidence given to MPs on the Transport Committee, Centro said that local funding of £198-per-head on transport compared with £644-per-head in London for 2012.


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Midland Metro show off £40m trams to public

Members of the public will get the chance to go on one of the Midland Metro's new trams tomorrow.

£40 million has been spent upgrading the fleet, and five out of a eventual 20 trams are being tested at the main depot in Wednesbury.

They'll be in full service by the summer, but passengers can have an early look at one of the high-tech trams at Birmingham Snow Hill station tomorrow. Chris Halpin reports.

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