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Coronavirus: Travel information and advice

Updated: 9am Wednesday 9 June

Roadmap out of lockdown – 17 May changes

England has now moved to Step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of Lockdown. The main changes from Monday 17 May affecting travel are that indoor hospitality venues (such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés), cinemas, theatres and other similar attractions can reopen. People will also be able to attend indoor and outdoor events. These changes will mean that the public transport and road networks are likely to become busier,

For further details of the changes to regulations and guidance from this date, visit the government’s coronavirus restrictions page.

This means:

  • Where possible please try to minimise travel within Greater Manchester and to areas outside the region to help stop the spread of new Coronavirus variants.

  • You should make sure you travel safely, plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys.

  • If you can, travel during quieter times (between 10am and 3pm, and after 6pm during the week).

  • You should continue to work from home if you can.

  • You should consider walking or cycling, particularly for short trips.

  • Social distancing guidance remains in place on public transport, so capacity is limited - please check details with the operator before you travel.

  • You must also continue to wear a face covering on public transport, unless you are exempt.

  • If you plan to take a taxi or share a lift with friends, reduce the risk by wearing a face covering and open the windows to let fresh air in.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, please check the latest government guidance.

Further updates will follow as more restrictions are eased, so please continue to check this page for the latest travel advice.

Travelling safely

If you use public transport:

  • You must wear a face covering, including at transport hubs and interchanges, and in taxis and private hire vehicles, unless you’re exempt. If you don’t, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £200. Read our face coverings guidance.

  • Keep your distance from other passengers where possible, as services get busier.

  • Clean your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with you.

  • Use contactless payment if you can.

If you car share with people outside your household or support bubble, you can reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission by:

  • Travelling with as few people as possible.

  • Sitting as far away as possible from other people.

  • Opening windows for ventilation.

  • Asking the driver and passengers to wear a face covering.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.

Playing our part to help keep you safe

TfGM and other transport operators have put measures in place to help keep passengers safe:

  • Hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed at bus stations and on buses, at interchanges and on the busiest Metrolink stops.

  • Commonly touched surfaces across the public transport network are being disinfected and cleaned regularly.

  • Measures have been introduced to support social distancing across the public transport network.

  • We're keeping fresh air flowing on trams, buses and trains.

  • People with hidden disabilities are being supported to give them the confidence to travel safely.

  • Police and TravelSafe officers regularly patrol the public transport network to promote safe travel and engage with passengers about coronavirus rules and guidance.

  • A range of tickets and passes are available to help people travel more flexibly.

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