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Coronavirus: Travel information and advice

Updated: 10am Monday 19 April 2021

Roadmap out of Lockdown – 12 April changes

England has now moved to Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown. The main changes are the reopening of non-essential shops, indoor leisure and sports facilities, hairdressers and outdoor attractions, while hospitality venues will be allowed to serve food and drinks outside. Further details can be found on the Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 page.

For travel, this means that:

  • You should help keep yourself and everyone safe by minimising the number of journeys you make and combining trips if possible.

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

  • If you’re travelling, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journeys and travel during quieter times (before 7am, between 10am and 3pm, and after 6pm) if you can.

  • Capacity on public transport is limited due to social distancing, so please save space for those who need it.

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

  • You should avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or support bubble.

If you’re 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 need to 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.

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

  • Use contactless payment if you can.

You should avoid car sharing with people outside your household or support bubble. If this isn’t possible, 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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