Travel guidance. Plan ahead. Regularly sanitise your hands. Open a window where you can. Face coverings are recommended and may be required by operators. Exemptions apply

Latest guidance in England

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us when travelling.

Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.

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Before travelling

You may wish to consider the following in order to help you to travel safely:

Face coverings

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, exemptions continue to apply.

When wearing a face covering:

  • It is important to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your face covering.
  • If wearing a disposable face covering, use a ‘black bag’ waste bin or litter bin to dispose of it. You should not put face coverings in a recycling bin or drop them as litter.
  • Be mindful that a face covering may inhibit communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.

You must not travel at all if you:

Safer travel guidance

  • When travelling, you may decide to walk or cycle to your destination or for part of your journey.

    Check our Active Travel page for tips and help planning your journey.

    Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after cycling.

  • On your journey:

    • wait for passengers to get off first before you board;
    • please open windows to help with ventilation;
    • face coverings are expected and recommended, exemptions apply. Visit Gov.UK for a full list of exemptions;
    • was or sanitise your hands regularly;
    • avoid touching your face;
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing;
    • avoid consuming food and drink on public transport, where possible;
    • be aware that some individuals may have hidden disabilities;
    • choose contactless payment to buy tickets, where possible.

    Always wash and sanitise your hands for 20 seconds before and after your 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.

    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 search on this page.

  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law have been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. It is recommended you wear a face covering when travelling in a private vehicle with people you do not usually meet.

    Plan your route, including any breaks, before setting out.

    Download the NHS COVID-19 app, if possible.

    On your journey, open windows to let fresh air in where possible.

    At garages, petrol stations and motorway services, 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.

    Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands often, and always when exiting or re-entering your vehicle.

  • Even after you have received a vaccine, you should continue to follow this guidance on how to travel safely when using taxis or private hire vehicles.

    Follow the advice of the operator and 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 or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

    The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. It is recommended you wear a face covering when using a taxi or private hire vehicle.

    You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.
    Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

    Where possible open windows for ventilation when in the vehicle.

    When finishing your journey, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.


Latest travel updates

Buses

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, exemptions continue to apply.

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.

Bus services not operating

Please note that the list below is valid from 3rd March 2021.

ServiceRouteOperatorStatus
3A (Bristol)Bristol Centre – Aztec WestStagecoach WestNo Service
3BParkway Station – Aztec WestStagecoach WestService withdrawn
3C (Bristol)Clifton – Aztec WestStagecoach WestNo Service
9 (Bath)Bath Centre – Upper WestonFirst busesService withdrawn, please see service 20a/c for an alternative service.
9 (Bristol)Temple Meads – Redland – Clifton Down Shopping Centre – Redland – Temple MeadsFirst busesService withdrawn, please see Service 72/72a for an alternative service.
11ASouthmead – AvonmouthStagecoach WestRenumbered service 10
20 (Bath)University of Bath – Bath Centre – TwertonFirst busesRenumbered 20a/20c. Service will operate a circular route combining services 9/20/U2
20s (Bath)Bath City Centre – Ralph Allen SchoolFirst busesService suspended, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
22 (Bristol)Bristol Centre – HighridgeFirst busesNo Service
24 (North Somerset)Weston-super-Mare – Uphill – Hutton – Weston-super-MareCitistarService withdrawn
36s (Bristol)Centre – Lawrence Hill – Barton Hill – Redfield – St. Anne’s – BrislingtonFirst busesService suspended from 10th January 2020, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
37A (Bath)Hanham – Bath City CentreFirst busesNo Service – Coming back as closed door school service OS
37 (Bath / Wiltshire)Bath – Marshfield – Castle Combe – Sherston – Malmesbury – Hullavington CoachstyleService withdrawn after 10th March 2021.
42A (Bristol)Bristol Centre – KingswoodFirst busesNo Service
71 (Bristol)UWE Bower Ashton Campus – Centre – UWE Frenchay CampusFirst busesService suspended from 24th January 2021 until the Universities return.
77 (South Gloucestershire)Bristol Centre – Westbury – Southmead Hospital – Bristol Station – ThornburyStagecoach WestService withdrawn, replaced by services 10 and 13
79 (Bath)Bath Bus Station – MarshfieldFaresaverJourney added to service 228 from 1st February 2021, but resuming Monday 15th March 2021.
88 (North Somerset)Nailsea – Portbury – Portishead – ClevedonCarmelService withdrawn after 31 March 2021
135 (North Somerset)Bishop Sutton – Winford – Weston-super-MareCitistarService withdrawn
177 (Bath/Bristol)Bristol – Pensford – Paulton – Midsomer NortonFirst busesService withdrawn. Alternative service provided by 178 & 376.
376s (B&NES)Wells – Strode College, StreetFirst busesSchool service between Wells and Strode College will be suspended from 24th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
411 (South Gloucestershire)Severn Beach – Marlwood School – Thornbury The Castle SchoolStagecoach WestService withdrawn
432 (South Gloucestershire)Longwell Green – Wellsway SchoolStagecoach WestService withdrawn
508 (Bristol)Southmead – Bentry – Sea Mills – ShirehamptonStagecoach WestService withdrawn, please see service 13 for an alternative.
625 (South Gloucestershire)Severn Beach – Cribbs Causeway – UWE FrenchayStagecoach WestService withdrawn, please see service 12 for an alternative.
634 (South Gloucestershire)Kingswood – Wick – TormartonSouth Gloucestershire CouncilService suspended from 6th January 2021 and offered as an on-demand service
680 (South Gloucestershire)Yate – Filton CollegeStagecoach WestSchool service suspended from 11th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
684 (South Gloucestershire)Keynsham – Bitton – WickSouth Gloucestershire CouncilService suspended from 6th January 2021 and offered as an on-demand service
860 (Gloucestershire)Gloucester – Whitminster – Katherine Lady Berkeley – Wotton-under-EdgeStagecoach WestRoute alteration. Now runs Chipping Sodbury – Wotton-under-Edge – Tetbury – Cirencester
922 (South Gloucestershire)Severn Beach – Almondsbury – The Castle SchoolStagecoach WestSchool service suspended from 11th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
924 (South Gloucestershire)Hallen – Pilning SchoolStagecoach WestService withdrawn
948 (South Gloucestershire)Pucklechurch – Sir Bernard Lovell School, Oldland CommonStagecoach WestSchool service suspended from 11th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
963 (South Gloucestershire)Patchway – Winterbourne AcademyStagecoach WestSchool service suspended from 11th January 2021, resuming Monday 15th March 2021.
967 (South Gloucestershire)Westerleigh – Brimsham Green School, YateStagecoach WestSchool service suspended from 11th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
A1 (North Somerset)Bristol – Bristol International AirportFirst busesService suspended until April 2021.
Please use A2
A3 (North Somerset)Weston-super-Mare – Congresbury – Bristol AirportFirst busesService suspended until April 2021.
A5 (North Somerset)Winscombe – Langford – Bristol Airport – WinfordCarmelService being withdrawn from 31 March 2021.
D2s (Bath)Frome – Beckington – Woolverton – Norton St Philip – Midford – BathFirst busesService suspended from 10th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
OS1 & OS2 (South Gloucestershire/B&NES)Hanham – NewbridgeFirst busesServices suspended from 10th January 2021 and offered as an on-demand service
OS3, OS4 & OS5 (South Gloucestershire/B&NES)Kingswood / Longwell Green – Oldfield SchoolFirst busesServices suspended from 10th January 2021.
OS3 resuming Wednesday 10th March 2021.
OS4 & OS5 resuming Tuesday 9th March 2021.
R2 (Bath)Southdown – Ralph Allen SchoolFirst busesService withdrawn and new R2 Service now operated by Abus.
SB1 (South Gloucestershire)New Cheltenham – Kingswood – Cadbury Heath – Longwell Green – BrislingtonFirst busesJourneys exclusively for St. Brendan’s College are suspended from 10th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
T1s (South Gloucestershire)Thornbury – Harry Stoke / Bristol CentreFirst busesJourneys exclusively for Thornbury School students are suspended from 10th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
U2 (Bath)Bath University – Odd Down – Twerton – Odd Down – Bath UniversityFirst busesService withdrawn, please see service 20a/20c for an alternative service.
U3 (Bath)Bath University – Oldfield ParkFirst busesService suspended from 19th October 2020 until further notice
U6 (Bath)Bath Spa University – Twerton – Newbridge – Bath Spa UniversityFirst busesService withdrawn, please see service U5 for an alternative service.
X1x (North Somerset)Weston-super-Mare – BristolFirst busesService withdrawn
X3xBristol – PortisheadFirst busesService withdrawn. Alternative service provided by extended service X5 from Portishead to Bristol.
X4a (North Somerset)Bristol – Pill – Sheepway – PortisheadFirst busesService withdrawn
X4sSt Katherine’s School – Bristol Bus StationFirst busesJourneys exclusively for St. Katherine’s School will be suspended from 10th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
X5 (Bristol)Novers Park – Ham Green (St Katherine’s Sch)Carmel BristolService withdrawn
X5 (North Somerset)Portishead – Clevedon – Weston-super-MareStagecoach WestService withdrawn and partially replaced by First bus service X5
X5s (North Somerset)Clevedon – Weston-super-MareFirst busesService for Weston College students suspended from 24th January 2021, resuming Monday 8th March 2021.
X7 (Bristol – Chepstow)Bristol – Cribbs Causeway – ChepstowNAT GroupService withdrawn and replaced by service T7 operated by Newport Transport Ltd. New service commences 4th January 2021
X14 (South Gloucestershire/Chepstow)Cribbs Causeway – ChepstowStagecoach WestService withdrawn
X49 (Bristol)Bristol – Staple HillFirst busesNo Service
X67 (Bath)Bath – Beckington – FromeFaresaverService withdrawn

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Community Transport

Below is information received from community transport operators regarding their services’ status. Please contact the operator directly if you require further information.

OperatorService levels
Age UK B&NESAwaiting update
Bath Community TransportThey are continuing to operate taking people to medical appointments and Covid vaccinations
Bath Dial-a-RideThey are operating normal service levels
Batheaston Neighbourhood GroupAwaiting update
Chew Valley Community Transportawaiting update
Four Towns & Vale Link Community TransportAwaiting update
Green Community TravelThey are operating as normal
Hartcliffe & Withywood Community TransportAwaiting update
Hawkesbury Voluntary TransportThey are operating but at a reduced capacity
The Inns Court Community & Family CentreThey are operating as normal
Keynsham & District Dial-a RideAwaiting update
Kingswood Community TransportThey are operating at a reduced capacity
Midsomer Norton Community Vehicle TrustThey are not operating due to covid and social distancing issues
Midsomer Norton & Radstock Dial-a-RideThey are operating at 40-50% of normal service level
Wellow Community MinibusThey are providing school transport only
St Philips Community MinibusThey are operating at a reduced capacity delivering food parcels
Lawrence Weston Community TransportThey are operating a reduced service
Bristol Community TransportThey are operating at 50-60% of normal service level
Shopmobility South GlosThey are not operating due to Covid
Social Access LtdThey are operating at a reduced level
Swan Volunteer Transport SchemeAwaiting update
Farecar shared taxi serviceAwaiting update

Rail

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, exemptions continue to apply.

Please see our Rail Disruptions page for the latest information from operators.


Coaches

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, exemptions continue to apply.


Road closures & roadworks

Please follow the links below to see any planned works or road closures.


Bristol Ferries

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, exemptions continue to apply.


School travel advice

Tips, advice and support for a more active school run.