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Police and transport operators have joined forces to stage a series of engagement events aimed at reminding students and young people of the vital importance of travelling safely and wearing face coverings on public transport.
Public transport use is gradually increasing as people across Greater Manchester start to return to education and employment.
Greater Manchester has secured more than £2m in government funding to boost capacity on the bus network at peak times and help children get back to school safely.
Mayor of Greater Manchester urges everyone to ‘do their bit’ and prepare for a different commute as hundreds of thousands return to education and work
• Tens of thousands of extra journeys are expected on roads and public transport across Greater Manchester from next week as schools and colleges begin to reopen and more people return to work
• Mayor calls on people to plan ahead, allow extra time for journeys and cycle or walk if possible to reduce congestion and protect limited capacity on public transport
• People returning to work are also encouraged to avoid peak hours where possible
• TfGM and transport operators have worked hard to make sure services are as safe, clean and reliable as possible - but passengers are asked to wear a face covering unless exempt, maintain a safe distance when travelling and wash hands frequently.
Services are set to start running from the brand-new Ashton-under-Lyne interchange this weekend, providing passengers with much-improved facilities and a modern, accessible gateway to the town.
TfGM urges parents and pupils to check travel advice, plan ahead and cycle or walk to school where possible in September
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is advising parents and pupils to plan ahead for how they will travel to school in September and to cycle, walk or scoot to school where they can.
• Increase in face covering compliance reported as police and operators step-up engagement
• Nearly 2,500 face coverings handed out to passengers
• Passengers reminded of requirement to wear face coverings in transport hubs as well as on buses, trains and trams to continue to help limit spread of coronavirus
• Wearing of face coverings mandatory on public transport since 15 June
• Compliance levels are reducing, particularly on bus and Metrolink and in the afternoon & evening
• Only 60% of passengers wearing a face covering on trams in the evenings
• Police and operators step up engagement with a week of action at city centre locations
Business owners and employees urged to follow Safely Reopening GM guidelines
Public asked to behave responsibly and support all workers
Public transport passengers in Greater Manchester are being urged to continue playing their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus, after responding positively to the government’s face covering direction.
Thanks to a helping hand from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Guide Dogs continues training its dogs safely using a bus.
Bus, tram and rail passengers in Greater Manchester will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of their journey from 15 June.