No, unfortunately this is not a tram in Bull Street about to continue its journey to New Street Station and on to Centenary Square.
Although the track appeared to be completed yesterday, no passengers have yet ridden along the re-laid track.
But testing of the track is in progress according to the Midland Metro Alliance website.
Work on relaying the track from Bull Street, along Corporation Street and into Stephenson Street started in August and the completion date was given as October – a colossal construction task in a short time.
Many observers felt the task was too great to be achieved judging from some earlier Metro track projects.
But if the sighting by myself today of a tram in Corporation Street and its progress to Stephenson Street and then beyond would seem to validate the Metro Alliance statement on their website that testing of the track is in progress.
My photo below shows the tram stopped temporarily in Stephenson Street this afternoon. Here was the only construction worker I saw, suggesting a large scaling down of testing from that shown in the photo on the website.
Driver training is also needed, but there is no information available about the schedule for this.
Let’s hope the trams are running in time for the opening of the Frankfurt Market on Thursday.
Article and photos by Geoff Caine