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Bury

Updated: 10am Sunday 5 July

Cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Bury and local areas. There is still reduced capacity on public transport due to social distancing measures.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards.

If you are planning a trip to Bury cycle or walk if you can. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

If you do use public transport, remember you must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. It is your responsibility to provide this, and it can be a simple scarf or bandana. Exemptions include children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one.

Below is a breakdown of the transport information and advice for Bury to help you make smart and safe travel choices 👇.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Cycling trips in Bury have shot up in recent months – from the streets of Whitefield to the south to the hills of Ramsbottom in the north! More and more people are riding for exercise and leisure trips.

Whether heading to work or out with friends for lunch, we want your bike to be secure so you don't have to worry about it.

There is a safe and secure cycling hub in the heart of Bury at the Interchange. See the map below for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information.

Further cycling tips can be found here


Travelling before 11am – Available capacity

There are still public transport services running from Manchester, Bolton, Rochdale and Salford but capacity is reduced across the whole day. Roads around Bury have been quieter during this period.

Travel advice

  • Consider all other travel options before using public transport, including cycling and walking.
  • Metrolink is quieter before 7am and after 9am Monday to Friday. At the weekend, services begin to get busier from 10am. Click here for more information.
  • If you travel before 7am there is an Early Bird ticketing offer. Click here for more information.
  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is reduced to protect social distancing. Bury can be reached by walking or cycling in less than 20 minutes from several nearby areas.
  • Need cycle parking? There is a cycling hub at the Interchange. Click here for easy access.
  • Before leaving home, plan your journey and allow for extra time. Some bus operators have travel apps and live capacity information.
  • Use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre. There is more capacity on the 471 and 98 bus services using A58 Bolton Road to the west of the town centre and the 163 and 471 services that use A58 Rochdale Road to the east.

Travelling between 11am and 7pm – Limited capacity and road congestion expected

Bus passenger numbers and roads journeys have increased since 15 June and the busiest part of the day on the network is now in the mid-afternoon leading up to the early evening.

Traffic heading to Bury, local areas/attractions and retail outlets has increased, leading to longer journey times and queues. The traffic hotspots are shown on the map below. To avoid being caught in traffic retiming or rerouting your journey could save time behind the wheel - some of the tips below might help also.

Travel advice

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker during this period – most local shops and bars/restaurants can be reached with a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute cycle. Leave the car at home, save money on parking and time spent in traffic.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is reduced to protect social distancing.

  • There is a cycling hub at the Interchange. Click here for easy access.

  • Use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre. There will be more capacity available.

  • There is more capacity on the 471 and 98 bus services using A58 Bolton Road to the west of the town centre and the 163 and 471 services that use A58 Rochdale Road to the east.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport.

  • If you do have to drive, be aware that car parking may be limited, and you may have to queue during this busy period.

The below map shows the expected congestion areas on the roads from Saturday 4 July.


Travelling after 7pm and late evening travel advice/service updates

Many cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Bury but also in the nearby areas of Radcliffe, Ramsbottom (and a lot of local pubs and restaurants in between).

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards. Some buses and trams don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm 👇.

Travel advice

If you have to travel by public transport bookmark the below links to plan your route home or follow the taxi/private hire advice:

  • Check your bus 🚌 journey home here
  • Check your tram 🚈 journey home here
  • 🚕 Pre-book a private hire or take a taxi. Store taxi and private hire phone numbers/download apps before leaving home.

Service times will change depending on the day - for live bus and tram times check here.