South Yorkshire residents reminded to think, check and travel safely this festive season.
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) are reminding people planning to travel during the Christmas period to book ahead, plan outward and return journeys carefully and avoid the busiest routes and times where possible.
Timetable changes for some bus, tram and train services come into effect from 21 December 2020. Public transport will not operate on Christmas Day in South Yorkshire. You can find out more about Christmas services at travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/journeyplanning/festive-travel
It was announced on 17 December that South Yorkshire will remain in Tier 3 following Very High Local Alert Level restrictions. Passengers can read travel guidance about staying safe while using public transport in Tier 3 at travelsouthyorkshire.com/coronavirus
The national revision of the relaxation of some coronavirus restrictions (announced on 19 December) will allow people that do not live in a Tier 4 area to see a maximum of two other households (a ‘Christmas bubble’) on Christmas Day (25 December). However, the government advises that everyone consider carefully the risks of travelling at all, to stay local where possible and avoid travelling from a high prevalence to a low prevalence area. People should also not stay overnight and keep their visits as short as possible.
Mayor Dan Jarvis, said: “Christmas will be different this year and that includes public transport journeys. Bus, tram and train services will be running and every effort has been made to protect passengers over the festive season.
“To help everyone travel safely this year and prevent overcrowding please only travel if absolutely necessary. When planning your journey on public transport, book ahead, avoid travelling at peak times such as Christmas Eve and wear a face covering to protect yourself and other passengers.”
SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, added: “Our priority is making sure that everyone that needs to travel can get around safely this festive season. Wherever you’re spending Christmas, follow the latest Coronavirus travel guidance to play your part and help keep yourself and others safe.
“Transport routes may be busier than normal. That’s why we are encouraging everyone thinking about making their journey by bus, tram or train to plan ahead and consider how and when to make their journey, to check for service changes and avoid the busiest routes and times where possible.
“We are also reminding passengers that they must wear a face covering while using public transport, in stations or interchanges, unless exempt. Remember to keep a safe distance wherever possible and use hand sanitiser before and after travel. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should not use public transport.”
Services remain different while social distancing is still in place, and capacity on buses, trams and trains is reduced.
Customers can also get the latest information by calling Traveline on 01709 515151 or via Travel South Yorkshire’s social media channels.