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Passengers urged to consider travel options as transport gets busier

Public transport use is gradually increasing as people across Greater Manchester start to return to education and employment. 

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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.

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Services start running at Ashton Interchange

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.

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Week of action sees more people put on a face covering

• 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

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Passengers urged to wear a covering or face eviction from public transport

• 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

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Mayor reiterates “safety first” message as more businesses prepare to reopen from July 4

Business owners and employees urged to follow Safely Reopening GM guidelines

Public asked to behave responsibly and support all workers

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Passengers play their part in prevention

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. 

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Public in Greater Manchester must wear face coverings on public transport from 15 June

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.

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Campaign encourages passengers to stay safe on necessary journeys

  • 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
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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.

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Transport for Greater Manchester statement

Statement from TfGM Customer Director, Stephen Rhodes, on the Coronavirus pandemic.

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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.