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Trafford

Updated: 5pm Wednesday 16 September

πŸ““ 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 Trafford and Greater Manchester moving. πŸ‘


🟒 Before 7am - Quiet

There is sufficient space to travel on buses, trams and trains before 7am.

Roads in Trafford have also been much quieter during this period. If your employer offers flexible working then making a trip at this time will be easier βœ”οΈ.

Tips

  • Before leaving home, plan your journey. Check the live status of your bus, tram or train here. Some transport 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! Further tips can be found here.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker (and healthier). Further cycling tips can be found here.

  • There are cycling hubs in the heart of Altrincham at the interchange and at Sale Metrolink stop to store your bike. Find out more.


πŸ”΄ Between 7am and 9am - Very 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 7am 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.

  • Remember that buses 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 on the roads. If you can be flexible, then avoid travelling at this time to help keep everyone moving πŸ‘

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 what services are expected to be very busy during this period.


πŸ”΄ Between 4pm and 6pm - Very busy

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

The evening peak, between 4pm and 6pm, is the busiest part of the day on Ttafford'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 period 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.

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 πŸ‘‡.

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 πŸš„ journey home here.
  • πŸš• 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 train times check here.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Walking and cycling trips in Trafford are on the up from the green of Dunham Massey to the blue of the Bridgewater Canal!

The Bridgewater Canal connects Stretford, Sale and Timperley to Altrincham town centre, and you can cycle from all areas in only 15 – 20 minutes.

From Hale and Bowdon it’s even quicker – 10 minutes!

There is a safe and secure cycling hub in the heart of Altrincham at the interchange and at Sale Metrolink stop. See the map below for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. [Find out more(https://tfgm.pindarcreative.co.uk/).

Further cycling tips can be found here