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    Here's your handy guide to travelling on our buses


We want to reassure you that using buses is safe - we've put in place a whole range of measures to make sure that our buses are clean and tidy for you, and that everybody has the space to sit apart.

On this page, you'll find a range of answers to our most commonly-asked questions. If you have a question and it hasn't been answered here, please get in touch and let us know. 

This guide was last updated on 27 May 2021


More buses from Sunday 30 May

Now that we're able to get back to doing more of the things we love, we'll be mostly returning to our 'pre-Covid' timetables from Sunday 30 May. The X63 returns once more during the morning and afternoon rush hours, whisking you FAST into the city, with few stops between Middleton and Manchester. Download timetables from the TfGM website.


More seats from Monday 17 May

In line with the relaxing of national Covid restrictions, all forward-facing seats on our buses will be available for you to use from Monday 17 May. To help us to keep travelling as safe as possible for everybody, please make sure you're still washing and sanitising your hands, wearing a face covering, paying with card where possible, and planning ahead to avoid busy times where you can.



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Get to school safely

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How busy is my bus?

Check how busy your bus will be with our new When2Travel tool!

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Travel tips

  • If you see a 'bus full' sign

    When all of the seats are taken, your bus will show 'bus full' on the front and may not be able to stop for you. We've got more buses out there for you, so you shouldn't have to wait too long before the next one.

  • Wear a face cover

    Help us to protect you and others are you by wearing a face cover on board. It doesn't have to be a mask! Face covers are now mandatory on all public transport.

  • Pay with exact change

    Our drivers are no longer able to give change, so use the right money or pay with contactless where you can.

  • Avoid busy times

    Don't travel during the rush hour if you don't have to - try travelling at different times instead. Avoid travelling between 7-9am, and 4-6pm, if you can.

  • Wash your hands

    Our buses are cleaned several times each day, but you can help us to keep them as clean as possible by washing or sanitising your hands before and after you travel.


Who is allowed to travel right now?

National lockdown measures have now been eased, so we're welcoming everybody back on board in line with the latest guidance. Make sure you follow the guidance around face coverings, and always be sure to wash or sanitise your hands, and pay with your card if possible.


Who needs to wear a face cover?

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, but there are some exemptions:

  • Children aged under 11
  • Our bus drivers when driving
  • People with breathing difficulties and respiratory conditions
  • Anyone with a dexterity issue that would make putting on a face mask difficult (for example, Parkinson’s)
  • Physical or mental health conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks
  • If putting one on would cause pain or distress
  • Anyone who relies on lip reading – including carers
  • Anyone travelling to avoid injury or to escape a risk of harm, who may not have a face covering available
  • To eat, drink or take essential medication
  • Police officers, PCSOs and emergency responders on duty

See more about who is exempt from wearing a face covering on the .gov website.


Journey Assistance

Get a Journey Assistance card

If you're exempt from wearing a face covering, TfGM have produced a Journey Assistance flash card to help you when you travel. Showing this card will ensure that you're not challenged when you board our buses.

Contact TfGM to request a card


Customer services and lost property

If travelling during the period of industrial action please check the link for the following changes Lost Property during industrial action

We are currently running a reduced lost property service, we have limited access to lost items and we can only reunite you with items on an appointment basis only.  Please complete the form with a description of the item you may have left on board and on receipt of the form we will advise you whether we have the item or not or whether we need to check at the depot, in which case we will keep your details and contact you at a later date.   

Please do not call at the Depot, the depot is currently not open to visitors 

To get in touch, use our contact form, log your item of lost property, tweet us, or send us a message on WhatsApp.



Help for those with disabilities

We want to reassure you that it's safe to travel, and that you'll continue to receive the same level of care and attention that you're used to when you're using our buses. If you use a wheelchair or scooter, our drivers will make sure that you can still board in a safe and socially distanced way.


NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace

Download the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app to help us keep on top of the spread of coronavirus. It's quick, simple and easy to download and use - and it will alert you if there have been reported cases close to where you've been. Download it here.


Are you a key worker?

If you're a key worker and you're having trouble getting to work, we want to know. We're doing everything we can to make sure that our network supports you through this difficult time. Email ask@gonorthwest.co.uk with details if you find that you're struggling.


Extra cleaning to keep you safe

We've put in place even more thorough cleaning regimes to ensure that you're kept safe and well. We've now got 'in service' cleaners roving our network, with a dedicated team at Shudehill 6 days a week.

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