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Mayor of Greater Manchester Urges Everyone to ‘Do Their Bit’

Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham has put out a plea for residents to do their bit in helping to keep everyone safe by planning their journeys ahead of the reopening of schools and colleges from next week.

With hundreds of thousands of young people set to return to education, and many people returning to work as the summer holidays end, roads and public transport are likely to be far busier than they have been for many months.

To help tackle the issue, people are asked to cycle or walk if they can for some or all of their journey – and to avoid the busiest times of the day if possible as capacity on public transport will be limited due to social distancing measures.

Passengers using public transport are also being reminded to wear a face covering (unless exempt), maintain a safe distance and wash their hands frequently to protect other passengers and help to maintain safety and cleanliness.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: 

“As more people return to education and work it is vital we all do our bit in keeping each other safe when we travel. Wash your hands, wear a face covering and watch your distance. These simple measures can have a big impact – so let’s work together to stop the spread.

“This is absolutely vital as we head towards September, when hundreds of thousands of people will be returning to schools, colleges and work – some for the first time in many months. We have worked hard to make sure the transport network is as safe, clean and reliable as possible - but we need everyone to play their part by following the basic rules and thinking about how and when they travel.

“Since March our roads have been noticeably quieter, the air is cleaner and more people are choosing to walk and cycle. I believe these are things we want to maintain as we return to education and work so let’s do our bit.

“Cycle or walk to school, college or work if you can, switch to public transport from your car if at all possible and, however you travel, try to avoid peak hours at the start and end of each day to keep the load on roads and public transport down.”

Since March, significant work has been done by TfGM, Metrolink, bus and train operators to ensure public transport is as safe and clean as possible. Metrolink tickets and products such as Igo passes, EarlyBird and Clipper – as well as using contactless payment - can also help on their commute.

Public transport users will also need to follow safe travel guidance and take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe. They should:
  • Wear a face covering on-board and in stations and interchanges, unless they’re exempt;
  • Keep their distance from other passengers where possible;
  • Clean their hands regularly; and
  • Use contactless payment or exact change only where possible. 
 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.

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