What we’re doing to make your journey Covid-secure

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Tyne and Wear is in lockdown. This is a new national lockdown announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 4 January.


Stay at home. Only use public transport for essential purposes.  If you do have to travel, continue to follow the travel safety advice below.

Click here to read the Government's lockdown rules.

When using public transport plan ahead and avoid travelling at busy times if you can.

We want you to feel comfortable and secure when you travel by public transport in North East England.  That means:

You can help us to keep you and fellow passengers safe by staying alert, and following a few simple steps:

  • Plan your journey in advance.
  • Reduce the number of journeys you make 
  • Follow guidance on your journey, such as floor and wall markings, to help maintain distance.
  • Travel when it's less busy if you can.
  • Open train windows to help with ventilation.
  • Wearing a face covering on public transport and in stations/transport hubs is compulsory, except if you have an exemption for health reasons – this can be a simple scarf or snood pulled over nose and mouth, or an over-the-counter mask.
  • Travel in groups of six or less.
  • Click here for our Q&A on wearing face coverings, click here to see how to make a face covering, and if you are exempt from wearing a face covering because of a disability or health condition, click here for our Journey Assistance Cards. For access for all information click here 

You’ll find more information on travel by Metro, bus and Shields Ferry in the sections below, along with information for pupils returning to schools and colleges, and getting to your vaccination centre. 

Nexus, bus operators and local authorities in North East England are proud to provide Covid-secure travel for you when you need it.


Travelling to schools and colleges   NHS vaccinations

Travelling on Metro   Travelling by bus

Travelling on the Shields Ferry   Travelling on local trains

Tickets and passes   Planning your journey

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