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Tameside

Updated: 8am Wednesday 9 September

📓 Schools are back and many people have returned to work after the summer.

This means more people are travelling on public transport, with less space than usual (due to social distancing). There is also more traffic on Greater Manchester's roads.

Everyone has a part to play in how and when they make a journey.

Use the information and advice below to help you. It might mean travelling at a different and quieter time, going by a different route or making your trip by a different mode of transport.

It will help keep Tameside and Greater Manchester moving. 👍


🟢 Before 8am - Quiet

There is sufficient space to travel on buses, trams and trains before 8am.

Roads in Tameside have been quieter during this period. If your employer offers flexible working then making a trip during this period will be easier ✔️.

Tips

  • Before leaving home, plan your journey. Check the live status of your bus, tram or train. Some bus operators have travel apps and live capacity information. If driving, check before you start the engine - you may find a different route to normal is quicker. Plan ahead!

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker (and healthier).

  • There is a cycling hub in the heart of Tameside in Ashton at the interchange to store your bike. Find out more.


🟠 Between 8am and 9am - Busy

If you can be flexible, avoid travelling during this period.

Leave this time slot free for children and students that need to travel to get to school and college. There will be less space on all public transport services and on the roads, so if you can be flexible, then avoid travelling during these times.

Tips

The map below shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads between 8am and 9am. Avoid travelling during this time and in these areas if possible to help students get to school safely and keep everyone moving.

Click on the highlighted areas to see which services are expected to be very busy ⬇️


🟢 Between 9am and 3pm - Quiet

Travel advice and tips

  • There is more space on public transport during this period but also consider cycling 🚴 and walking 🚶.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is still reduced due to social distancing. Further cycling tips can be found here

  • Remember that buses, trams and trains will be very busy from 3pm as schools and colleges finish for the day. If you can be flexible, then avoid travelling after 3pm to help keep everyone moving.


🟠 Between 3pm and 4pm - Busy

School's out...

Pupils and students will be travelling home during this time so there will be less space on all public transport services and the roads. If you can be flexible then avoid travelling at this time to help keep everyone moving 👍

Tips

The map below shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads between 3pm and 4pm. Avoid travelling during this time and in these areas if possible to help students leave school and college safely and easily.

Click on the highlighted areas to see which services are expected to be very busy ⬇️


🔴 Between 4pm and 6pm - Very busy

If you can be flexible, avoid travelling during this period.

The evening peak, between 4pm and 6pm, is the busiest part of the day on Tameside's roads and public transport.

Public transport passenger numbers and road journeys have increased since July and will only increase further once schools return and people get back to work in September.

There may not be available capacity on some buses, trams and trains during this time with social distancing in place so you may have to wait longer for a service. Re-time your journey to avoid this busy period if possible.

To avoid being caught in traffic, re-time or re-route your journey to save being stuck behind the wheel. Travel after 6pm if possible.

Remember also that major works are still taking place on Hyde Road in Reddish. These works may affect your journey, especially in the Denton area.

Tip

  • Cycling 🚴 and walking 🚶 for shorter journeys may be quicker than public transport or driving.

🟢 After 6pm - Quiet

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 trains don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm 👇.

Travel advice

If you travel by public transport bookmark these 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.
  • Check your train 🚄 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, tram and train times check here.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Moving in a different and better way!

Walking and cycling trips in Tameside are on the up. More and more people are walking and riding for exercise and for leisure trips.

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

See our cycle hub map below which shows safe and secure cycle parking facilities in Tameside. Click on the icon 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.