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Coronavirus: Public Transport

Updated: 5pm Thursday 30 July

Help keep yourself and everyone safe when you’re outside the home by thinking about how and when you travel and following safety guidance.

Due to social distancing measures, capacity on services is lower than usual. If your service looks to be at capacity it may mean that you will have to wait for the next one.

Please be patient, plan ahead - allowing extra time for your journey - and be considerate of other passengers.

If you're intending to take the final service of the day, you may want to consider a back-up option in case it's full and you're unable to board.

For accessibility information related to coronavirus, click here.


Bus

Full buses will operate on a one-off, one-on basis, so it may mean that you will have to wait for the next bus if it is already at capacity. The capacity status may be indicated on the front of the bus but this varies by operator.

Please be patient, plan ahead - allowing extra time for your journey - and be considerate of other passengers.

Check the latest timetables before you travel. Bus timetable information can be found here.

If you're intending to take the final bus of the day, you may want to consider a back-up option in case it's at capacity and you're unable to board.


Tram

Metrolink services are currently operating to the following timetable:

  • Monday to Friday
    Services will operate every 10 minutes across all lines, from the start of the day until 7pm.
    From 7pm (until end of service at 11pm), trams will operate every 20 minutes across all lines.

  • Saturdays
    Services will operate every 10 minutes across all lines, between 8am and 6pm.
    From 6am to 8am and from 6pm (until end of service at 11pm), trams will operate every 20 minutes across all lines.

  • Sundays
    All lines will continue to operate at a 20-minute frequency throughout the day.

We will be deploying as many doubles as possible and these will be used to cater for the busier times/locations as required. This will remain responsive to changes in demand.

Please check the times for your journey.

  • If you have to travel then the quietest times are between 9am and 4pm and after 6.30pm.

  • Please continue to check the @MCRMetrolink twitter page for live service updates.


Train

Before you travel, please check the status of your journey with National Rail.

If you're intending to take the final train of the day, please buy your ticket in advance to ensure there is sufficient space for you to board.

Free cross-city Metrolink travel in Zone 1 covering all city centre stops is now available for all rail users, irrespective of whether their journey originates at a Greater Manchester station. This will be in place until normal services are resumed.


Interchanges and bus stations

Transport for Greater Manchester staff will be available to assist you from 7am until 11pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

While interchanges and bus stations will remain open outside of these hours there will be no staff present.