Keep moving this winter

We’ve created an online resource to help keep you moving this winter.

Here you’ll find travel advice, web links, operator contact details and even details of which roads are gritted first.

In the event of major disruption, we’ll put the latest information we have as soon as we can on our website. Follow @OfficialTfGM for live information about all travel in Greater Manchester.

Don't forget, our TfGM Journey Planner is completely weather-proof and will help you find an alternative route or service if your usual plans are affected.

Winter or not, you can sign up to our weekly TfGM Travel Update email to stay in-the-know about service changes, roadworks or big events that might affect your journey in Greater Manchester.

Our customer service team is available 7am-8pm in the week and 8am-8pm on a weekend: 0161 244 1000.

 

Get yourself ready

 

On the buses

  • Having the contact details for the company which runs your bus service will help keep you up to date with service changes or disruption. Get them from any of our Travelshops, by clicking here, or by looking at their websites found here.

 

On the rails

 

Cycling and walking

  • Don't let winter put you off riding! Check our winter cycling pages for some top tips on staying warm, dry and upright, including events and training courses.
  • Go steady when it’s slippery under foot. Remember, even a usually reliable walking time might take longer when winter bites.

 

Driving

  • Prepare your vehicle for winter; simple actions now such as checking your oil, tyre pressures, windscreen washers and antifreeze – and your petrol gauge before you set off – might make all the difference later. Click here for more tips and a handy printable guide for you.
  • If you have breakdown membership, make sure you know how to get in touch. You can find further details here – RAC, AA, Green Flag.
  • Ice or snow might affect your usual route. Use the links below to find out now which routes are prioritised for gritting.
  • Help yourself – if the weather’s bad for you, it will be bad for everyone so if you get stuck in the car you might have to wait longer than you think for help. Pack a blanket, warm clothes, a flask; a shovel and tow rope could be vital.

 

Cold snaps

  • Allow extra time to get about, however you travel, as wintry weather can affect road, rail and footpath conditions, making journeys slower.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
  • Our @officialTfGM twitter feed has live information about all travel in Greater Manchester.
  • Let relatives and friends know your intended route and expected arrival time. And think about travelling with others if you can.
  • Tune in to traffic and weather bulletins on the radio, especially if you’re driving any distance.
  • Highways England’s @HighwaysEngland Twitter feed has live information about the motorway network

 

A lot of useful information about winter travel advice can be found on Twitter. Here are some useful feeds to follow.

 

 

The ten Greater Manchester councils prepare for winter too.

Their gritting plans will prioritise the busiest roads over others, so these are likely to be the most suitable for you when temperatures drop.

See their plans at the following links: