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Be aware

Cold weather and dark nights can make travelling difficult, so we’ve put together some top tips to keep you moving safely during the winter months.


Be prepared


Behind the wheel

  • Check your oil levels, tyre pressures, windscreen washers, antifreeze,and your petrol gauge before you set off on a journey- it might make all the difference later.
  • Prepare a winter kit for your vehicle just in case you break down in bad weather.
  • Follow @HighwaysNWEST for motorway information.

On two wheels


Going public

  • Check out the real time departure information for the region’s bus, train and tram services, which also has an alert system to flag up delays affecting public transport.

Social media

Follow your bus or train operator on Twitter for live information and advice during disruptions:

General travel advice and information covering all modes

@OfficialTfGM

Tram information

@MCRMetrolink

Bus companies

@FirstManchester
@arrivanorthwest
@Rossobus
@HighPeakLive
@TranspeakLive
@Yorkstigerbus
@burnleybuses
@stagecoachGM
@blackburnbuses
@DiamondBusNW
@MCT_travel
@Warringtonbuses
@Cumfybus
@VisionBus

Live rail services

@nationalrailenq
@networkrail

Train companies

@TPExpressTrains
@TPEassist
@northernassist
@ArrivaTW
@crosscountryuk
@EMTrains
@VirginTrains
@NRE_FirstTPE
@NRE_Northern
@NRE_ArrivaWales
@NRE_EastMids


Take action

  • Allow extra time to travel, as wintry weather can affect road, rail and footpath conditions causing slower journeys.
  • The TfGM Journey Planner is completely weather-proof and will help you find an alternative route or service if your usual plans are affected.
  • Adapt your driving style however you get around, be it by car, bike or on a motorcycle. The RAC has advice on driving in extreme weather or check out these other handy tips from the Met Office.
  • Wear shoes or boots that grip the snow and ice; avoid plastic and leather soles.
  • Take extra care when boarding and leaving buses, trains and trams and use the handles on the vehicle for extra support.
  • Tune in to traffic and weather bulletins on the radio before driving.

Greater Manchester’s 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:


What the Met Office is saying