Travelling on public transport

last updated 2 December 2021 - updated in line with Government temporary changes - face covering guidance added.

Our priority is the safety of our customers and our staff. We need everyone to play their part to help people to stay safe.

Anyone feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus - a new, continuous cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – should not travel, to help to protect others from infection.

For the latest health information and advice about Coronavirus visit the NHS website:

What we need you to do

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 you should continue to:

  • Be patient and flexible when you travel, plan ahead and travel at quieter times (we're currently experiencing busier times on weekdays between 3-4pm on bus and 7-9am and 3-5pm on tram). Check for busier times on our operator capacity app page.

  • Be kind to other passengers and staff.

  • Wear a face covering onboard public transport as well as in our interchanges and stations. It is compulsory to wear one unless you are exempt.

  • Allow space for yourself and others, wash or sanitise your hands frequently and use contactless payment or buy your ticket in advance.

  • Walk or cycle if you can.

  • Please follow the instructions on our notices or given by staff.

Your journey may take longer than normal and some routes may be busier than usual, but please be patient and considerate of staff and other customers during your journey.

Face coverings

From Tuesday 30 November the Government introduced measures to help slow the spread of the Omicron variant, it is now compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport unless you are exempt.

You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

Find the latest guidance on face coverings on the website.

Interchange member of staff with sign saying ' Stay Safe' 

If you have a health condition which means you’re unable to wear a face covering, you’ll need to let staff in our interchanges and stations know. If it’s easier for you, you can download our journey assistance cards, and you can show the face covering exemption card when you travel.

Your driver may not be wearing a face covering if they are behind a screen, as the screen helps to provide protection.

What we are doing at our interchanges 

We’re working closely with bus, tram and rail companies to reassure people who need to travel that we're doing all we can to keep our customers safe.

  • We’ve put focused cleaning regimes in place at all our interchanges which include extra attention to ensure doors, handrails, lifts and ticket machines remain disinfected.
  • Our toilets are free until further notice to give everyone access to handwashing.

What operators are doing onboard

Operators are continuing to do everything they can to ensure people can travel with confidence. This includes delivering enhanced cleaning regimes, ensuring vehicles are well ventilated and providing tools such as apps to allow customers to see how busy their bus, tram, or train is and help plan their journey in advance.

They will expect people to think of others and wear a face covering on board, if they can, in line with Government guidance.

We will continue to listen to customer feedback and monitor travel patterns to make service changes where they’re needed to help customers travel safely. 

You can feedback to us on our tell us form.