Transport for Greater Manchester says people should still avoid travel on public services

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is discouraging people from using public transport in Manchester - urging the public to "leave public transport for key workers and people who rely on it."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a few cautious amendments to lockdown restrictions on Sunday evening, with more people expected to return to work in the coming days.

In light of the announcement, Greater Manchester's transportation body has asked the public to continue avoiding the tram, bus or train when commuting.

According to TfGM, those travelling to work should do so by foot, car or bicycle.

Customer Director Steven Rhodes delivered an official statement on Monday afternoon, prompting readers to "share (the) message with friends, family and colleagues.

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"Whilst public transport operators are working to increase services as quickly as possible, buses, trams and trains are still running reduced services and, because of social distancing, space is very limited," said Mr. Rhodes.

"If you have to use public transport, you can play a part in helping to limit the spread of coronavirus.

"Follow safe travel guidance and keep at least two metres away from other passengers where possible when boarding and on-board. Wash your hands before and after your journey, cough or sneeze into a tissue and use contactless or exact change payments if you can.

"Check timetables before you travel and leave extra time for your journey."

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Mr. Rhodes also confirmed that TfGM will continue to update customers when more detailed guidance is published by the government in the coming days.

Passenger numbers on the Metrolink plummeted by 95% in April, and Mayor Andy Burnham has been working with the government to keep essential services ticking over despite the tramline losing more than £5m per month.

The Mayor has also launched the Streets Save Lives campaign to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists in the city; encouraging use of sustainable transport as a result. This includes widening pavements, decluttering street furniture and road closures.

 

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