City centre traffic is gridlocked and people are being urged not to travel after tram derailment

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Traffic in the city centre and across wider Nottingham is gridlocked after an earlier tram derailment.

The collision between a van and a tram happened at around 2.45pm in University Boulevard, near to the Tennis Centre, and left four people with minor injuries.

The derailed tram has blocked University Boulevard and traffic and buses have been diverted.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours and traffic is at a standstill across Nottingham.

Nottingham City Transport has severe delays on many of their lines and a spokesman has urged the public not to travel unnecessarily.

Lengthy delays can be seen all over Nottingham

NCT tweeted: "In my eight years of providing updates, I've never seen delays on our network as severe as we're currently experiencing.

"Our most delayed bus is currently two hours 12 minutes behind where it should be. Given the severity of delays, if you do not need to travel, I suggest you don't."

The AA traffic news website is reporting severe delays on most roads out of the city including, Trent Bridge and Radcliffe Road, Clifton Boulevard, Queen's Drive and Colwick Loop Road.

Claire O’Donovan, 35, a teacher from Chilwell, decided to walk home from Lenton rather than face the traffic.

She said: “It was easier for me to just leave my car in Lenton and walk home. I have abandoned everything else at school to walk for an hour. I have friends who have been stuck in traffic for an hour and a half. The walk isn’t too bad and it is a lot better than being stuck in traffic.”

A spokesman for Nottingham Express Transit released a statement on the earlier tram derailment.

City centre traffic

He said: "A van has been in collision with one of our trams as it was crossing University Boulevard near the University of Nottingham stop.

"The tram has become derailed and is currently blocking the junction. Emergency services are on the scene and four passengers have been injured as a result of the impact. Currently services have been disrupted with trams from Hucknall turning at NG2 whilst services from Toton are turning at the University Boulevard tram stop.‎

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"A bus service connecting the University tram stop with Nottingham rail station is in operation. Clearly, we apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this incident has caused.

"Once the tram has been re-railed and normal services resumed we will be assisting the police with their investigations."