COVID-19 Local Transport Guidance

As we begin to prepare for a return to the workplace, you might be thinking about changing the way you travel to work. Here, we’ve compiled some of the travel advice from around each of our regions to help guide you through some of the options available so that you can ensure you’re travelling safely.

The Government advice is for people to avoid public transport where possible, and increasing walking and cycling will be essential to reducing pressure on our roads and public transport. A helpful, printable guide can be found here.

The cycle to work scheme is a useful support tool to help people stay inline with Government guidelines, and protect themselves and others. Employers and employees can find out more information about the scheme here.

Greater Manchester

The current travel advice from TfGM can be found here.

A summary of the advice:
- Work from home if you can, but if you cannot you may travel to your workplace
- If you must travel, walk, cycle or drive if possible
- Protect public transport for those with no alternative and do not use it unless you have to
- If you have to use public transport, wear a face covering, keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment if possible.

Birmingham and the West Midlands

The current travel advice from TfWM can be found here.

A summary of the advice:
- Only use public transport if you have no other travel options
- Walk, cycle or drive if you can, but you should continue to stay at home as much as possible
- When making essential journeys stay apart; do not crowd at doorways to get on board; where possible, do not sit next to others
- Use mobile, smartcard or contactless payments
- Bus, train and tram services are being increased slowly as more people return to work, however capacity will be limited.

Leeds City Region

For the latest travel advice and updates to bus and rail services, see the West Yorkshire Metro website here.

A summary of the advice:
- Consider whether your journey is necessary before using public transport
- Capacity is limited across services and focused on ensuring key workers and those who need to travel to work can get where they need to be during the COVID-19 pandemic
- To maintain social-distancing for passengers and transport staff it remains essential that people only travel where necessary and work from home where possible
- Those who do need to travel are being asked to pay by contactless; wear a face covering where possible; wash their hands before and after their journey; avoid peak times or consider cycling and walking as an alternative to using the car or public transport.

Liverpool City Region

Merseytravel guidance and latest travel information can be found here.

A summary of the advice:
- Please do not travel unless you have to
- Plan ahead as social distancing means that bus, rail and ferry services have limited space
- Leave plenty of time – you might not make the service you planned to get and may need to wait for the next one
- Check timetables online both before and on your day of travel and be prepared for changes
- Keep cycling and walking if you can to ease the pressure on transport, stay fit and healthy, and help keep our air clean
- Please pay by contactless, but if you can’t then have the right money ready as services can’t provide change
- If you need to use public transport, please wear a face covering if possible
- Practice good hygiene by avoiding touching surfaces and your face, and wash your hands properly both before and after your journey.