From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closing certain businesses and venues.
Latest travel guidance
You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can still travel for a number of reasons, including:
- travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
- travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
- hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
- visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
- exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so
If you need to travel please walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.
If you need to use public transport, please continue to follow the safe travel guidance which can be found further down on this page.
You must not travel at all if you:
- have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate
- are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms
You should not travel if you:
- have been told by the NHS COVID-19 app to self-isolate
- are clinically extremely vulnerable, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments
Safe travel guidance
Plan your journey
- can I walk or cycle to my destination?
- have I checked the latest travel advice from my transport operator?
- have I booked my travel ticket online, bought a pass or checked if contactless payment is possible?
- have I planned my journey to minimise crowded areas and allow for delays?
- am I taking the most direct route to my destination?
- download the NHS COVID-19 app before travelling
What to take with you
- a face covering -for longer journeys, take more than one face covering and a plastic bag for used face coverings
- a plan for the journey
- tickets, contactless payment card or pass
- phone, if needed for travel updates, tickets, contactless payments
- hand sanitiser
- essential medicines
Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Consider walking and cycling if you can. Local cycling schemes can be used.
Where possible, try to maintain social distancing when you walk or cycle (stand at least 2 metres apart), for example when approaching or passing other pedestrians or waiting at crossings and traffic lights.
Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after you journey.
Public transport is still operating at a reduced capacity. Continue to walk or cycle, if you can.
If you can only make your journey via public transport, follow the guidelines below:
- Plan your journey in advance using our journey planner;
- Check the status of your bus service in advance, or check for any planned changes, on our Coronavirus Travel Advice page;
- Current and upcoming bus timetables can be found on our Routes & Timetables page. Simply change between Timetable Option to see what’s available;
- Plan your journey in advance and check the status of rail services on the National Rail Enquiries website.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app before travelling.
On your journey:
- wait for passengers to get off first before you board;
- ensure you maintain social distancing (2 metres were possible), including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside of stations;
- face coverings are mandatory on public transport, you must wear them over your nose and mouth:
- this includes bus, coach, train and ferry
- exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties. Visit Gov.UK for a full list of exemptions;
- be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit at stations;
- when buses show a bus full sign:
- be prepared to wait if your bus is showing a bus full sign even if it appears to have space
- the bus will only stop when people want to get off
- if they do stop they will normally only be able to let one passenger on for each one that gets off
- if someone with a visual impairment is at the stop please let them know if the bus is full;
- wait for the next service if you cannot safely keep your distance on board a train, bus or coach;
- respect other people’s space while travelling;
- avoid consuming food and drink on public transport, where possible;
- be aware of pregnant, older and disabled people who may require a seat or extra space;
- be aware that some individuals may have hidden disabilities;
- choose contactless payment to buy tickets, where possible;
- if you can, travel at off-peak times (in normal circumstances, off-peak would be from 09:00 Mondays to Fridays. However, due to the current pandemic, bus operators have reported different peak periods on their services, this could be from around 11am until 2:30pm. This may vary by bus route, please contact the bus operator to find which is the best time to travel on your usual bus service. Weekends and Bank Holidays are off-peak all day. )
Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after you journey.
- Where possible, check in using the NHS COVID-19 app if you enter a venue that has an official NHS COVID-19 QR code poster at the entrance – alternatively, you can provide your contact details
Enforcement of face coverings on public transport
You are not allowed to get on public transport if you are not wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth, unless you have a legitimate reason for not wearing one. Transport staff may tell you not to board or ask you to get off.
Some people who are exempt may choose to use cards or badges to avoid challenge, but it is important to be aware that there is no requirement to do this, and some people may choose not to. We know that many operators have taken various approaches to exemptions and helping their passengers who do not require a face covering. To supplement this, an asset has been created by the DfT in collaboration with various charity organisations to allow people who are exempt to demonstrate their exemption. You can find more details here. Materials can be printed or downloaded and we expect some people to use it when demonstrating their exemption in shops and when using public transport.
Treat transport staff with respect and follow instructions from your transport operator. This may include:
- notices about which seats to use or how to queue
- additional screens, barriers or floor markings
- requests to board through different doors or to move to less busy areas
Seek assistance if you need it
If you require assistance when travelling, contact your transport operator as you would normally do. Assistance is still being provided, but bus operators may be providing it in a different way. To find out who runs your bus service and their contact/website details, please use the table on this page.
If any problems arise or you feel ill during your journey, speak to a member of transport staff. In the case of an emergency, contact the emergency services as you normally would.
If you need help, try to keep a suitable distance from members of staff. If this isn’t possible, try to avoid physical contact and keep the time you spend near staff as short as possible.
Other things to consider:
- Travel may take longer than normal on some routes due to reduced capacity and social distancing measures. Allow sufficient time if your journey involves changes between different forms of transport.
- Plan ahead by identifying alternative routes and options in case of unexpected disruption.
- Where possible, book your travel online through your transport provider’s ticketing app or website.
- Taking a less busy route and reducing the number of changes (for example between bus and train) will help you keep your distance from others.
- Where travel with children is necessary, consider whether children could walk or cycle, accompanied by a responsible adult or carer, where appropriate. Social distancing applies to children as well as adults.
Plan your journey
Plan your route, including any breaks, before setting out. Routes may be different as local areas make changes to enable social distancing. Check that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy if you haven’t used it for several weeks. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. You should wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people outside your household or support bubble. Take care to use face coverings properly.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app, if possible.
You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to do this, try to:
- share the transport with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- face away from each other
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth
How to dispose of used face coverings.
On your journey
Expect more pedestrians and cyclists, especially at peak times of day. Where possible, allow other road users to maintain social distancing. For example, give cyclists space at traffic lights. Limit the time you spend at garages, petrol stations and motorway services. Try to keep your distance from other people and if possible pay by contactless. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands often, and always when exiting or re-entering your vehicle.
Where possible, check in using the NHS COVID-19 app if you enter a venue that has an official NHS COVID-19 QR code poster at the entrance. Alternatively, you can provide your contact details.
- You should wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.
- At taxi ranks try to keep your distance from people outside your household, where possible (at least 2 metres).
- When travelling in taxis or private hire vehicles follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left hand seat if travelling alone.
- You may want to check with your taxi operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.
- Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after you journey.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app, if possible.
Latest travel updates
This page was last updated at 08:44 on 11 November 2020.
You must wear a face covering on buses and inside enclosed bus stations. Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
Finding the status of your bus service
Most bus services are now operating, with a few exceptions which have been identified in the table below.
How are you keeping passengers safe at bus stops and buses?
Bus services are operated by commercial operators, all of them are carrying out extra cleaning of their buses. Some bus operators may be providing hand sanitiser on board. If you’d like more information, find out who runs your bus service and their contact/website details.
Bus stops are managed by Local Authorities, however, we have been working closely with them to install posters at bus stops with safe travel guidance such as wearing face coverings and social distancing.
What happens if the last service of the day is full?
We advise you to travel before the last service of the day, if you can.
If you must travel on the last service, please contact the bus operator in advance to find out if they have any processes in place. Find out who runs your bus service and their contact/website details.
Can I pay with cash on the bus?
We are encouraging everyone to pay by contactless if they can. Most services will be accepting cash on board, but to minimise risk of transmission please use the correct change. Contact the bus operator in advance to check if they’re accepting cash on their service. Find out who runs your bus service and their contact/website details.
I have more questions about bus services, how can I contact you? What are your opening times?
For any bus service queries, please contact the bus operator or visit their website. Find out who runs your bus service and their contact/website details.
Two major bus operators in the West of England have launched an update to their mobile apps which allows passengers to see live locations and capacity for their buses.
For more information, and links to download their apps, please visit the following pages (external):
Our Routes & Timetables page has current and upcoming timetables for the majority of services. Where timetables are not available on our website, please check with the operator.
If you prefer, below are direct links to where two of the major operators in the West of England are hosting their timetables:
Bus services not operating
Please note that the below list is valid from 18th October 2020.
|3A (Bristol)||Bristol Centre – Aztec West||First Buses||No Service|
|3B||Parkway Station – Aztec West||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn|
|3C (Bristol)||Clifton – Aztec West||Stagecoach West||No Service|
|9 (Bath)||Bath Centre – Upper Weston||First buses||Service withdrawn, please see service 20a/c for an alternative service.|
|9 (Bristol)||Temple Meads – Redland – Clifton Down Shopping Centre – Redland – Temple Meads||First buses||Service withdrawn, please see Service 72/72a for an alternative service.|
|11A||Southmead – Avonmouth||Stagecoach West||Renumbered service 10|
|20 (Bath)||University of Bath – Bath Centre – Twerton||First buses||Renumbered 20a/20c. Service will operate a circular route combining services 9/20/U2|
|22 (Bristol)||Bristol Centre – Highridge||First buses||No Service|
|24 (North Somerset)||Weston-super-Mare – Uphill – Hutton – Weston-super-Mare||Citistar||Service withdrawn|
|37A (Bath)||Hanham – Bath City Centre||First buses||No Service – Coming back as closed door school service OS|
|42A (Bristol)||Bristol Centre – Kingswood||First buses||No Service|
|77 (South Gloucestershire)||Bristol Centre – Westbury – Southmead Hospital – Bristol Station – Thornbury||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn, replaced by services 10 and 13|
|135 (North Somerset)||Bishop Sutton – Winford – Weston-super-Mare||Citistar||Service withdrawn|
|177 (Bath/Bristol)||Bristol – Pensford – Paulton – Midsomer Norton||First buses||Service withdrawn. Alternative service provided by 178 & 376.|
|411 (South Gloucestershire)||Severn Beach – Marlwood School – Thornbury The Castle School||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn
|432 (South Gloucestershire)||Longwell Green – Wellsway School||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn|
|508 (Bristol)||Southmead – Bentry – Sea Mills – Shirehampton||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn, please see service 13 for an alternative.|
|625 (South Gloucestershire)||Severn Beach – Cribbs Causeway – UWE Frenchay||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn, please see service 12 for an alternative.|
|860 (Gloucestershire)||Gloucester – Whitminster – Katherine Lady Berkeley – Wotton-under-Edge||Stagecoach West||Route alteration. Now runs Chipping Sodbury – Wotton-under-Edge – Tetbury – Cirencester|
|922 (South Gloucestershire)||Tortworth – The Castle School||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn + new 922 service Severn Beach -Thornbury service (Castle School) 2 Sept until 18 December 2020|
|924 (South Gloucestershire)||Hallen – Pilning School||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn|
|A1 (North Somerset)||Bristol – Bristol International Airport||First buses||Service suspended until January 2021.
Please use A2
|A3 (North Somerset)||Weston-super-Mare – Congresbury – Bristol Airport||First buses||Service suspended until January 2021.|
|R2 (Bath)||Southdown – Ralph Allen School||First buses||Service withdrawn and new R2 Service now operated by Abus.|
|U2 (Bath)||Bath University – Odd Down – Twerton – Odd Down – Bath University||First buses||Service withdrawn, please see service 20a/20c for an alternative service.|
|U6 (Bath)||Bath Spa University – Twerton – Newbridge – Bath Spa University||First buses||Service withdrawn, please see service U5 for an alternative service.|
|X1x (North Somerset)||Weston-super-Mare – Bristol||First buses||Service withdrawn|
|X3x||Bristol – Portishead||First buses||Service withdrawn. Alternative service provided by extended service X5 from Portishead to Bristol.|
|X4a (North Somerset)||Bristol – Pill – Sheepway – Portishead||First buses||Service withdrawn|
|X5 (Bristol)||Novers Park – Ham Green (St Katherine’s Sch)||Carmel Bristol||Service withdrawn|
|X5 (North Somerset)||Portishead – Clevedon – Weston-super-Mare||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn and partially replaced by First bus service X5|
|X14 (South Gloucestershire/Chepstow)||Cribbs Causeway – Chepstow||Stagecoach West||Service withdrawn|
|X49 (Bristol)||Bristol – Staple Hill||First buses||No Service|
|X67 (Bath)||Bath – Beckington – Frome||Faresaver||Service withdrawn|
|X72 (Bath)||Bath – Bathford – Melksham – Devizes||Faresaver||Service withdrawn, please see services 271/272/273 for alternatives.|
Below is information received from community transport operators regarding their services’ status. Please contact the operator directly if you require further information.
|Age UK B&NES||Awaiting update|
|Bath Community Transport||They are predicting their service level will be approximately 50% of normal service|
|Bath Dial-a-Ride||They are operating normal service levels|
|Batheaston Neighbourhood Group||Awaiting update|
|Chew Valley Community Transport||They are operating at a slightly reduced service level|
|Four Towns & Vale Link Community Transport||Awaiting update|
|Green Community Travel||they are trying to run all services now, their voluntary car scheme is currently being operated with one driver with a view to get that service fully operational at the end of October.|
|Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Transport||They are currently running a reduced service carrying a maximum of 5 passengers per journey due to the Covid-19 restrictions|
|Hawkesbury Voluntary Transport||They are operating but at a reduced capacity which is likely to continue until people become more confident and start volunteering again.|
|The Inns Court Community & Family Centre||They are operating at 50% of normal service level|
|Keynsham & District Dial-a Ride||Awaiting update|
|Kingswood Community Transport||they are operating at approximately 33% of normal service level|
|Midsomer Norton Community Vehicle Trust||They are not operating due to covid and social distancing issues|
|Midsomer Norton & Radstock Dial-a-Ride||They are operating at 40-50% of normal service level|
|Wellow Community Minibus||They are operating at normal service levels|
|St Philips Community Minibus||They are operating one minibus at reduced capacity|
|Lawrence Weston Community Transport||They are operating the link services Tuesday to Friday in Lawrence Weston. The covid restriction limits the number of passengers to 4 each journey, and are continuing to provide shopping to elderly residents of avonmouth on a Tuesday, 2 x 4 person runs to Lidl door to door. This is covid number restricted.|
|Bristol Community Transport||They are operating at 50-60% of normal service level|
|Shopmobility South Glos||They are operating at 50% of normal service level|
|Social Access Ltd||Awaiting update|
|Swan Volunteer Transport Scheme||They are operating with 15 out of their usual 30 drivers working|
|Farecar shared taxi service||Awaiting update|
You must wear a face covering on trains and inside enclosed rail stations. Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
Please see our Rail Disruptions page for the latest information from operators.
You must wear a face covering on coaches and, from 24th July, inside enclosed bus and coach stations. Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
- BlaBlaBus have resumed operations
- National Express have resumed operations
- megabus UK have resumed operations
Road closures & roadworks
Please follow the links below to see any planned works or road closures.
You must wear a face covering on ferries. Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
School travel advice
For the latest information about travelling to school safely, please visit the page below.