12 Jun 2020

Reminder: Changes to Greater Manchester public transport from 15 June

A series of changes are being introduced across the transport network, starting Monday 15 June.

These measures have been put in place to:

  • Ensure that public safety is the priority as people return to the town and city centres
  • Ensure that the public feels confident to travel safely
  • Support the reopening of non-essential retail and return to work for many people

Face Coverings

  • From Monday 15 June, if you have to use public transport, you must wear a face covering.
  • It will be your responsibility to ensure you are wearing a face covering whilst you are travelling on board a bus, train or tram and throughout your entire journey.
  • Face coverings can be a simple cloth that covers the nose and mouth. They can be made using many items found in the home or in many shops currently open.
  • The Government has advice on how to make a cloth face mask and here is a short video on how to wear one.
  • To help people get used to the change and embed this new expected behaviour, TfGM will be distributing a limited number of masks at staffed bus stations, interchanges and some Metrolink stops from Monday.
  • The exceptions are children under the age of 11, young people travelling on a school bus service, people with breathing difficulties and people whose condition makes it difficult for them to wear a face covering (find out more).

Travel advice

  • If you can work from home, please continue to do so
  • Only use public transport if necessary – walk, cycle or drive instead
  • If you’re heading back into the city centre, TfGM has detailed travel advice available here.

When travelling

  • Due to social distancing there will be limited space on public transport services and you may have to wait - please plan ahead, avoid the peaks and be patient when travelling.
  • If you are travelling on public transport, from Monday 15 June, you must wear a face covering and it is your responsibility to provide it
  • Keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment. If you can, carry a hand sanitiser with you.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available at some bus stations and interchanges

Flexible Metrolink ticket

  • From Monday 15 June, the ‘Clipper’ card will be introduced on Metrolink to offer discounted travel for people working more flexibly and less often.
  • This provides 10 identical day travelcards (any zone combination, for anytime or off-peak) for the price of nine.
  • The product can be bought online and loaded onto your get me there smart card, removing the need to queue at ticket machines or handle cash.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

ENDS

Contact Information

Transport for Greater Manchester Press Office

0161 244 1055

mediarelations@tfgm.com

Notes to editors

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for delivering Greater Manchester’s future transport strategy and commitments.

We also deliver a wide range of day-to day public transport and active travel services and projects to keep the city-region moving and growing.

With around six million journeys a day, we’re working hard to make travel easier through a better connected and well-informed Greater Manchester. To find out more about TfGM please visit tfgm.com/about-tfgm.