Social distancing 

last updated: 8 April - updated in line with roadmap restrictions changing on 12 April.

What we need you to do

Continue to minimise the journeys you make, combine trips if you can and try to stay local.

If you need to travel you can play your part by walking or cycling if you can. If you need to use public transport keep your distance from each other in interchanges and when queuing at bus stops.

Notices and floor markers at stops will help people to stay safe. 

You must wear a face covering when you travel onboard public transport, unless you're exempt, as well as in interchanges and stations. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and you could be fined. 

Sit apart from others on buses, trams and trains. travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them. Seats will be marked as available on board some services to help you distance. 

If you can, use the upper deck on any double deck buses or take the window seat to leave more space.

What are we doing ?

We’ve implemented a number of social distancing measures at our interchanges to keep you and our people safe. 

This includes: 

  • Limiting the number of team members at our customer services desks
  • Installing screens and floor vinyls to help you move around our interchanges safely.
  • PA systems will also share the latest government advice.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and our toilets are free to use to ensure you can wash your hands regularly. 

Interchange keyworker adding floor vinyl

What are operators doing? 


In order to enable social distancing, buses will be operating at a reduced capacity with 45% of seats (just less than one in every two seats) being available for customers and no standing allowed. Operators are communicating with customers about how to social distance on board via:

  • Vehicle capacity signs and vinyls on each bus showing the maximum number of passengers that can be carried at any one time.

    • On First Group buses capacity is: Double decker – 31-35, Single decker – 17-19,  Midi bus – 13-17. 
    • On Stagecoach buses capacity is: Double decker – 32, Single decker – 19, Minibus – 11, Midi bus – 17

  • Posters on buses to clearly show where you should / shouldn’t sit to maintain a safe distance. You should only sit with somebody if they're in your household or bubble.

    • On Stagecoach buses it's one person per double seat. Leave the seat behind or next to someone empty.

  • Passengers are not permitted to stand on board vehicles.

  • New ‘Bus Full’ messages on vehicle destination boards to advise customers when a vehicle has reached its reduced capacity. Drivers will only allow another passenger to board if a passenger gets off.

  • We're currently experiencing busier times on board buses between 10am-3pm. Bus operator apps for First and Stagecoach have now been updated to add capacity checkers so you can see how busy your bus is and whether there is a seat free. Visit our 'When is the best time to travel page' for more information. 


Supertram is currently determining the measures they will employ to enable social distancing on their tram and tram train vehicles. Measures being considered include:

  • Vinyls on the doors of trams, both internal and external facing, with key safety messages

  • Posters on trams with key safety messages


Each train operator is applying appropriate measures for each individual vehicle type to ensure social distancing can be achieved. These include:

  • Seat bands (or red and green labels) will be applied to indicate which seats are ‘out of use’ and where customers can sit to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • Each operator will apply consideration where customers are travelling with companions and seating space need to be provided close together.

  • Hazard tape will be in place around control panels to ensure staff can access them safely.

  • Sections of the train will be isolated to segregate staff and customers.

  • Social distancing and signs in place at passenger touch points (in carriages, on doors etc.).

  • Signage on toilets encouraging social distancing when entering/exiting.

  • Posters to remind passengers to follow Government’s guidance on hygiene and handwashing.