Cyclist holds on to a speeding tram with one hand as it speeds along Droylsdon Road in Manchester

The head of Manchester’s Metrolink tram network has condemned a cyclist who was spotted hanging on to a moving tram.

The rider was filmed by a passenger on the tram – who appears to have seen him do such a stunt before – and tracked for almost a mile down Droylsdon Road before he let go.

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While the tram moved slowly at first, the rider gets up quite a lot of speed and swerves dangerously close to parked cars at the side of the road.

Metrolink director Peter Cushing told the Manchester Evening News: “This type of behaviour is not only mindless, it is exceptionally dangerous and could very easily lead to a serious injury or a life threatening accident – as well as jeopardising other road users’ safety.

“I would ask any passengers who spot this type of activity to report it to the driver immediately and urge any cyclists considering such a foolish course of action to think very seriously about the potential outcome.”