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…

Updated – 4 January 2021 – National lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown which starts immediately, lasting at least six weeks.

What this means is that people in Nottingham, like the rest of the country, must now follow new, stricter rules which aim to bring the spread of Covid-19 under control.
These are:

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

  • work, where you cannot reasonably work from home
  • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
  • visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible
  • outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
  • attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

If you need to travel for any of the above reasons, walk or cycle, plan ahead when possible, and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing.

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

For 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

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

Rail travel

  • 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.

Coach travel

  • From Monday 9 November, National Express will be temporarily reducing their coach network, and Nottingham coach station will be closed and without staff. A skeleton national network will be retained to support essential travel on key corridors. For more information visit their website.

Information centres

  • From today, in line with national lockdown, the Tourist information centre is now closed.
  • NCT’s Travel Centre has reopened on weekdays between 9:30am-1:30pm. If you can, please continue to top up travel cards online.
  •  The decision has been made to close the NET travel centre from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December. All services provided can be found online by visiting their website


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