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Coronavirus: Travel information and advice

Updated: 1.45pm Friday 3 April

Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential – stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

You must only make trips that are absolutely necessary for work, to get supplies, to care for others or for medical reasons.

If your journey is essential, drive, cycle or walk if you can. Avoid public transport and only use it if you have no other option.

If you have to make an essential journey by car, please extra take care on the roads – reduce pressure on the NHS and emergency services.

Walking or cycling for essential journeys is a safe way to travel, it can minimise the spread of the virus and also help maintain your mental and physical wellbeing.

You can walk, run, cycle or take other exercise once a day in areas close to your home.

Train, tram and bus services are being reduced further, but services are still running for key workers.

If you have to make an essential journey, check timetables before you travel.

Wash your hands before and after your journey, cough or sneeze into a tissue and use contactless payments if possible.

Bus stations and interchanges are opening for reduced hours and Travelshops are now closed (apart from Eccles and Altrincham, which currently remain open) – customers can use online services or call the contact centre on 0161 244 1000.

A small number of TfGM school bus services are running to schools which remain open, and for the children of key workers only.

You can sign up for travel updates here.


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Bus

New bus timetables have now been introduced across Greater Manchester.


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Tram

New Metrolink timetables have now been introduced.


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Rail

A reduced frequency timetable has now being introduced on rail.


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Cycling and Walking

Making essential journeys by bike or on foot is a safe way to travel, whilst staying two meters away from others.


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Ticket refunds

Special arrangements have been put in place for requesting refunds for tram, bus and train tickets.


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Concessionary travel pass use

Peak time restrictions on concessionary tram and bus passes have been lifted during the early morning rush hour.


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Travelshops

All travelshops across Greater Manchester (except Eccles and Altrincham) are now closed.


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Interchanges and bus stations

There are now reduced staff levels at bus stations and interchanges.


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Roads

Typical traffic levels and travel patterns have changed. However, major works continue.


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DriveSafe

All DriveSafe face-to-face classroom courses have been cancelled until 13 June.
National Speed Awareness courses can now be completed online.


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Resources

Information related to coronavirus


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Manchester Airport

There have been a number of changes to public transport services serving Manchester Airport.