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Lorry driver freed to continue journey after getting stuck on city tram line

Photo of the lorry on the Midland Metro track in Birmingham Credit: PA

A lorry driver was left red-faced after blocking Birmingham city centre tram lines during rush hour while looking for the motorway.

The driver was hauling a load of concrete barriers on his way to the M6 but ended up driving down the tram line, despite signs warning of a tramway.

The articulated lorry got stuck at about 6.20am on Tuesday (31 January) on a section of the Midland Metro at St Chad's in the heart of the city's busy business district.

Recovery workers brought in by the Nottinghamshire-based firm Hardstaff Barriers, which owns the lorry, eventually freed its wheels at 10.20am.

Photo of the lorry on the Midland Metro track in Birmingham Credit: PA

The lorry's driver, sitting in the cab, shielded his face with his hand as bemused office workers stared and took photos of the unusual scene, between Birmingham Snow Hill station and the plush One Snow Hill office block.

After painstakingly winching the lorry back off the tram line, a recovery worker asked the driver "do you know where you're going?" to laughs from engineers inspecting the tracks.

The driver replied "the M6", and was soon back on the road and on his way.

Photo of the lorry on the Midland Metro track in Birmingham Credit: PA

A spokeswoman for National Express, which runs the tram, said services operating between Wolverhampton and St Paul's, Birmingham, had been disrupted "after a lorry was spotted on the tracks at St Chad's at 6.20am this morning".

She added:

Our engineers are on site and will undertake a thorough check of the tram tracks before they allow services to resume into Birmingham.

– Spokeswoman for National Express

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