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Coronavirus: Travel information and advice

Updated: 6pm Thursday 26 November

National coronavirus restrictions apply across England.

  • Help protect the NHS and save lives - stay at home and avoid travel, except for work, education, or other essential reasons.
  • Consider walking or cycling if you can.
  • Public transport is running as usual for those who need it, but you must wear a face covering unless exempt and should follow safety guidelines - keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment.
  • If you have to travel please plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey, consider travelling outside peak times and using quieter routes.

Visit the government’s safer travel guidance page for the latest regulations and advice on travel and transport.

For accessibility information related to coronavirus, click here.


New Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions for Greater Manchester from Wednesday 2 December

From Wednesday 2 December, Greater Manchester will be in Tier 3 (Very high) of the government’s local coronavirus restrictions system.

This means that, from that date:

  • You can travel within Greater Manchester, but reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
  • You should avoid travelling out of or into Greater Manchester except where necessary for work, education, medical reasons or caring responsibilities.
  • Please plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey, consider travelling outside peak times and using quieter routes.
  • Consider walking or cycling if you can, especially for local and shorter trips.
  • Public transport is running as usual, but you must wear a face covering unless exempt and should follow safety guidelines – keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment.
  • Avoid car sharing with people outside your household or support bubble.

For further details of Tier 3 restrictions, visit the government’s Local restriction tiers page.


How and when you travel

  • Help protect the NHS and save lives - stay at home and avoid travel, except for essential reasons. These include for work where this can’t be done from home; education; caring responsibilities; medical reasons; visiting shops and other venues that are open; and exercise. For further details of what is allowed, see the ‘Stay at home’ section of the government’s new national coronavirus restrictions page.

  • Please cycle or walk if you can.

  • Help keep yourself and everyone safe if you need to be outside the home by following safety guidance.

  • Public transport is running as usual for those who need it, but space may be limited due to social distancing.

  • If you can travel flexibly avoid the busiest times of the day, which are currently 7-9am and 3-6pm. During these periods you may have to wait longer for a bus, tram or train, or be held up in traffic. You can check the best times to travel on our local travel information page.

  • Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.


Travelling safely

If you need to use public transport:

  • You must wear a face covering, including at transport hubs and interchanges, and in taxis and private hire vehicles, unless you’re exempt. If you don’t, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £200. Read our face coverings guidance.

  • Keep your distance from other passengers where possible.

  • Clean your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with you.

  • Use contactless payment if you can.


Playing our part to help keep you safe

TfGM and transport operators have put measures in place to help keep passengers safe:

  • We’ve installed hand sanitiser dispensers at bus stations and interchanges and we’re assessing the roll-out to key Metrolink stops.

  • We have rigorous disinfection regimes in place to keep public transport services, stops, stations and interchanges clean.

  • We’ve introduced measures to support social distancing across the transport network.

The increased cleaning regime is in place at interchange toilets:

  • All areas receive an anti-viral treatment every month.

  • All touch points are regularly wiped down with anti-viral solutions.

  • Spot swab checks are carried out to monitor the frequency and the effectiveness of the cleaning.

  • Hand sanitising stations are in place outside TfGM’s public toilets.

  • Additional cleaning staff are in place at a number of locations to supplement the existing cleaning staff


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