A kindly man with a pointed beard and a set of panpipes has volunteered to solve the dispute by playing a special tune that will lead the trams into the heart of a magical cave, so that the city can get back to normal.
“It’s a nice offer,” said council leaders, “but can he really deliver?”
The enigmatic stranger seemed unruffled by such searching questions, calmly presenting a one page CV with his email address and details of previous work in the town of Hamelin, Germany.
His removal of the trams should be imminent, following completion of an enhanced disclosure check and the production of satisfactory references.
More news as the story progresses.