Let’s Keep Nottingham Moving Safely

Please do not travel if you are self-isolating, feeling unwell or are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, including a new continuous cough or high temperature or loss of taste and smell. For more information and advice on symptoms of the virus, please visit  gov.uk/coronavirus

Download the new NHS Covid19 Track & Trace app, to keep yourself and those you love protected. Find out more on how to download the app here…

New restrictions for Nottingham – 14 October 2020

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been place on HIGH Alert restrictions, which come into force on Wednesday 14 October.

Under the new restrictions, people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead, and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

For the full guidance visit the Government’s website.

Public Transport

If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

Our travel operators and partners are making every effort to keep you safe when travelling on public transport. This includes:

  • Additional cleaning
  • Closing off seats to keep passengers apart
  • Installing bus driver screens
  • Extra signage at stops and on board

You must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport. A face covering should be worn for your whole journey and cover your nose and mouth. You can be refused travel if you don’t comply and could be fined. Find out more here.

Please be considerate of other passengers, as exemptions will be made for very young children and those with certain health conditions. Not all disability is visible, so if you are exempt, we have made a downloadable card for those with disability or health conditions, which can be saved to your phone or printed out at home. You can show this to the driver, inspectors, or even other passengers to help explain that you do not need to wear a face covering.

Please avoid buying medical or surgical masks, as these should be reserved for health and social care workers. Instead, try making your own face covering at home, using scarves or other textile items. Guidance on how to wear and make a face covering can be found here

Transport Nottingham will try to keep you updated on any service changes as a result of the Coronavirus, but please check with your individual travel operators before you travel for the latest news and updates.

Travel operators:

Walking and using a bike

Walking or using a bike are great ways to get around the city, whether travelling to work, for exercise or just exploring the local area. They are also a great alternative to using a car and can help reduce pressure on the road network, which helps keep our air clean.

Please follow guidelines on physical distancing and if you share your bike with people of the same household, ensure you follow government guidelines on cleaning surfaces.

Don’t forget…

  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash/ sanitise your hands frequently
  • Wash any gloves you are wearing
  • Where possible, wear helmets and reflective clothing for your own safety and those around you.

And remember, keep your distance:

  • When waiting at crossings & traffic lights
  • When using shared walking & cycling routes


News Updates:

Public Transport

Bus travel

  • Nottingham City Transport has achieved Visit Britain’s official industry standard, which confirms that we are following industry and Government guidance on COVID-19, social distancing and cleanliness
  • Nottingham City Transport issue safer travel guidance for customers
  • Plan ahead; NCT launches capacity checker which lets you check how busy or quiet your bus may be
  • NCT’s Travel Centre has reopened on weekdays between 9:30am-1:30pm. If you can, please continue to top up travel cards online
  • Due to reduced customer usage, NCT will be suspending the Pink 31 service to Jubilee Campus, and operate the Orange 34 to a revised timetable. Visit their website for more information.
  • From Monday 2 November, NCT will be making some timetable changes and increasing the frequency of some services. Visit their website for more information.

Tram travel

  • Covid-19 advice for tram customers
  • Nottingham’s tram network steps up measures to ensure the continued safety of customers and employees as some restrictions are eased
  • Ther are specific times of the day when more people are using our tram network, including rush hour and the 10pm curfew. NET operate a frequent service so if your tram looks busy please wait for the next one, or consider alternative travel arrangements


  • From Monday 26 October, EMR will be making changes to a number of their services, with some Nottingham services being affected. Please visit their website for more information.


Government announcement

Emergency Active Travel Fund (Covid-19) Measures

  • To aid the country’s recovery as Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the Government announced an Emergency Active Travel Fund in May to help councils introduce measures to re-allocate road space for cyclists and pedestrians and encourage people to walk and use a bike more. The City Council has been successful in securing funds to trial a range of traffic measures, which will support the phased economic recovery for Nottingham.  The schemes could be either be amended, removed or permanently retained during the next few months as we test out the ideas to see how well they work. Find out more here

Ridewise and Sustrans

  • Ridewise have partnered with Sustrans and Nottingham Bikeworks to form the Nottingham Bike Aid project.
    Nottingham Bike Aid is providing assistance and offering personalised travel plans, bikes and more to key workers and volunteers who want an alternative method of making their essential journey
  • As part of the Nottingham Bike Aid project, Sustrans are offering bookable Dr Bike repair sessions

Hire Bikes

  • The Council has sought best practice guidance about sanitising the on street hire bikes during the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result, the frequency of bike cleaning and docking stations has been significantly increased. Individual users are expected to follow Government guidelines in terms of washing hands/using hand sanitiser after using the bikes and to avoid touching their faces


Car sharing

Those travelling by car should only do so with people from their household or within their support bubble, or if this is a work requirement. Outside of this, avoiding sharing cars with other people, but if people must then make sure to:

  • Share the transport with the same people each time
  • Keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products; make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch

Car Parks

  • You can now contactlessly pay for parking across all of our multi-story car parks by using our new RHParking app

Further Information & Resources