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Face coverings still welcome

Face coverings are no longer compulsory, but in line with government advice they are still suggested and are welcomed on public transport and at stops, stations and interchanges in Greater Manchester.

Services are busier than they have been for some time, so please be patient, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and be considerate of other passengers. 

If you can, try travelling outside the busiest times of the day, when services are likely to be quieter and there's more space available. Metrolink customers can use our quietest times to travel page to help them plan their journey. 

Keeping your hands clean when travelling helps limit the spread of viruses, so wash or sanitise your hands before, during and after your journeys. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers at our bus stations and interchanges and across the Metrolink network, but it's always a good idea to carry your own as well if possible - and wash your hands at the start and end of each journey. 

Ventilation also helps limit the spread of the virus, so where possible keep windows open to maintain a fresh air flow. 

Your safety is our priority, and TfGM and public transport operators have put more measures in place to help you travel safely, including enhanced cleaning with anti-viral products. 

Accessibility information related to coronavirus.

Face coverings are no longer compulsory, but passengers are encouraged to continue wearing them on public transport and on Metrolink stops, in bus stations and interchanges to help keep themselves and others safe.

The following is also advised:

  • Where possible open windows to maintain fresh air flow and ventilation
  • Clean your hands frequently by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitiser
  • Use contactless payment if you can
  • Services are likely to be busier - if you can, travel during quieter times
  • Consider walking or cycling, particularly for short trips
  • Please be kind and consider fellow passengers when travelling on public transport
  • You must not travel at all if you are experiencing any covid symptoms or are self-isolating

TfGM and other transport operators are continuing to work hard to keep you safe and travelling with confidence -- find out what we are doing here:  

  • Staff will be handing out face coverings to ensure passengers comply with the new measures introduced by the government to slow the spread of the Omicron variant

  • Commonly touched surfaces across the public transport network are being disinfected and cleaned regularly.

  • Free LifeBuoy hand sanitiser is available at dispensers installed at bus stations and on buses, at interchanges and on the busiest Metrolink stops.

  • We're keeping fresh air flowing on trams, buses and trains.

  • People with hidden disabilities are being supported to give them the confidence to travel safely.

  • Police and TravelSafe officers regularly patrol the public transport network to promote safe travel and engage with passengers about coronavirus rules and guidance.

  • A range of tickets and passes are available to help people travel more flexibly.


Travel planning for employers

The pandemic has affected businesses in many ways, including changes around hours, shifts, places or work, flexible working and safety while travelling and in the workplace.

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Cycling and Walking

It's Time to make plans with your mates, and that iced latte you've been craving too. Support your neighbourhood by cycling to your local high street. Get help and advice on cycling and walking your journeys.