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• 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.
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.
- GM residents urged to only travel if necessary and cycle, walk or drive as first choice
- Public transport for those who need it and only use it as a last option
- Those who must use it asked to follow guidance to keep themselves, staff and public safe
- Metrolink services to increase frequency from next week to allow social distancing
- Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
- You should only be travelling for work, supplies, to care for others or for medical reasons.
- If you have to travel, drive, cycle or walk, use public transport if you have no other option.
- If you have to drive slow down and take care on the roads – reduce pressure on the NHS.
- Metrolink tram frequency is reducing to a 20-minute service
Early morning peak-time concessionary travel pass restrictions lifted to help Greater Manchester’s older and disabled get to shops during Coronavirus outbreak
• Peak time concessionary travel pass restrictions lifted to allow older and disabled people free travel for essential journeys during morning rush hour.
• Refunds available for some Metrolink 28-day and annual passes.
• Non-essential travel by public transport discouraged as public transport services expected to reduce in frequency.
Statement from TfGM Customer Director, Stephen Rhodes, on the Coronavirus pandemic.
Metrolink will open doors to some of the region’s most iconic visitor destinations when the new £350m Trafford Park Line launches on Sunday 22 March.
Driver training is underway on the Trafford Park line marking another significant step towards the opening.
Mayor announces plans for thousands more women to benefit from extension of Women’s Concessionary Travel Pass
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced his intention to extend the Women’s Concessionary Travel Pass, offering thousands more women the opportunity to benefit from unlimited off-peak travel in Greater Manchester.