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  • Start: 25/03/20 - Finish: TBC

    Last modified: 01/06/20

Staying safe when travelling

As lockdown restrictions ease, pressure on public transport will increase and social distancing measures mean that buses and trains can take just a fraction of the number of passengers.

Government has issued the following travel advice to protect public transport for those with no other travel options and keep passengers safe.

Stay alert

  • Continue to work from home and stay local;
  • If you need to travel, walk, cycle or drive if you can;
  • Only use public transport if you have no other travel options. This keeps services available for those that need it most;
  • Capacity is just 25% of normal levels on buses and 10% on trains due to social distancing so avoid peak times if possible;
  • Leave extra time for your journey;
  • Keep your distance from other passengers, wear a face covering if you can, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment.

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

HM Government Travel guidance coronavirus

  • Is your journey necessary?

    To help keep yourself and your fellow passengers safe, you should not travel if you:

    Before you travel, consider if your journey is necessary and if you can, stay local. Try to reduce your travel. This will help keep the transport network running and allow people who need to make essential journeys to travel. You can reduce your travel by:

    • working from home where possible
    • shopping less frequently and shopping locally
  • Checklist for safer travel

    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?

    What to take with you

    • a plan for my journey
    • contactless payment card or pass
    • phone (if needed for travel updates, tickets, contactless payments)
    • tickets
    • hand sanitiser
    • essential medicines
    • tissues
    • a face covering, if required
  • Walking and cycling

    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

    Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport.

    If you can only make your journey via public transport, follow the guidelines below:

    On your journey:

    • wait for passengers to get off first before you board
    • ensure you maintain social distancing (stand at least two metres apart), where possible, including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside of stations
    • 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

    Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after you journey.

    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.
    • If you can, wear a face covering if you need to use public transport. Wearing a face covering is optional and not required by law.
    • 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.
  • Private cars and car sharing

    Plan your journey in advance

    Plan your route, including any breaks, before setting out. Try to stay as local as possible to your home. Routes may be different as local areas make changes to enable social distancing on pavements and cycle routes.

    Car sharing

    • If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households for essential journeys, we recommend you find a different way to travel. For example, consider walking, cycling or using your own vehicle if you can.
    • If you have to travel with people outside your household group, try to share the transport with the same people each time and keep to small groups of people at any one time.
    • Wear a face covering when sharing the vehicle with people outside your household group, if you can.

    On your journey

    • If driving, you should anticipate more pedestrians and cyclists than usual, especially at peak times of day.
    • Allow other road users to maintain social distance (stand at least 2 metres apart), where possible. 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 when arriving and leaving.
    • Be aware of the surfaces you or others touch. If people from different households use a vehicle (for example through a car share scheme), you should clean it between journeys using gloves and standard cleaning products. Make sure you clean door handles, steering wheel and other areas that people may touch.
    • Where people from different households need to use a vehicle at the same time, good ventilation (keeping the car windows open) and facing away from each other may help to reduce the risk of transmission.
    • Where possible, consider seating arrangements to optimise distance between people in the vehicle.
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles
    • 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.
    • If you can, wear a face covering.
    • Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after you journey.

Travel info for key workers in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

The below was last updated at 10:55am on June 1st 2020.

Bath & North East Somerset

Travel advice for key workers travelling in the Bath & North East Somerset Area

Car parking

You can park for free at the following car parks:

Buses

  • Service 42 is operating every hour Mondays to Fridays from Odd Down P&R site. No service on weekends & Public Holidays. From May 31st, the service will operate every 30/60 minutes on weekdays.
  • Service 41 is running every 30 minutes on weekdays from Odd Down P&R site. No service on weekends & Public Holidays. From May 31st, the service will operate every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends & Public Holidays.
  • Service 4 is running every 30 minutes on weekdays from Odd Down P&R site via Bath city centre. It operates every 30-60 minutes on weekends & Public Holidays. From May 31st, it will operate every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends & Public Holidays. Normal bus fares apply
  • Service 31 is running every 30 minutes on weekdays from Lansdown P&R site. No service on weekends & Public Holidays. From May 31st, it will operate every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends & Public Holidays.
  • Service 21 is running every 30 minutes on weekdays from Newbridge P&R site. No service on weekends & Public Holidays. From May 31st, it will operate every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends & Public Holidays.
  • Service 20 is operating every 2 hours Mondays to Fridays from University of Bath via Bath city centre. No weekend services.
  • Although they may be operating at a reduced timetable, a lot of bus services are still operational
    1. You can check the best bus services from your location by using our journey planner, it is showing the best options based on the latest service changes
    2. You can keep up to date on the status of any bus service on our Coronavirus Travel Advice page

Cycling

Rail

All rail stations and services are still operational, although they may be running a reduced timetable. You can check any rail service operating status on National Rail enquiries.

Bristol

Travel advice for key workers in the Bristol area.

Car parking

You can park for free at the following car parks:

Buses

Cycling

Rail

All rail stations and services are still operational, although they may be running a reduced timetable. You can check any rail service operating status on National Rail enquiries.

If you’re heading to the BRI, Children’s Hospital or St Michaels Hospital there is a free shuttle bus service from Bristol Temple Meads, check the info in the Buses section above.

North Somerset

Travel advice for key workers in the North Somerset area.

Car parking

You can park for free at the following car parks:

Buses

Although they may be operating at a reduced timetable, most bus services are still operational with some suspended:

    1. You can check the best bus services from your location by using our journey planner, it is showing the best options based on the latest service changes
    2. You can keep up to date on the status of any bus service on our Coronavirus Travel Advice page

Cycling

Rail

All rail stations and services are still operational, although they may be running a reduced timetable. You can check any rail service operating status on National Rail enquiries.

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