Transport and highways during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Details of changes to transport and highways including public rights of way and bus passes.

Other service disruption

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Social distancing measures

Working with our partners in district and borough councils, the police and the national parks, we’ve put measures in place to help businesses open safely, enable residents to maintain social distancing while shopping and encourage more active travel like cycling and walking.

Find out more on our social distancing measures page.

Public rights of way

The Government has issued guidance which makes it clear that public rights of way currently remain unaffected by the Covid-19 epidemic. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may:

  • tie gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate
  • offer an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (where permission has been gained from relevant landowners and the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained
  • temporarily display polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools

While these aren’t a lawful closure and people can make their own decision as to whether they want to continue to use the route, you should bear in mind that the landowner has taken this action because they feel there is a risk of transmission.

We would ask that everyone is mindful to people’s concerns and consider avoiding using those paths which pass through gardens and/or pass very closely to agricultural and residential properties if possible.

People should practice social distancing while using rights of way and should not congregate on them. If this is the case the police should be informed who have powers to disperse such groups.

Where residents living near public rights of way have concerns then they should exercise suitable precautions to ensure social distancing from people on the path. They may also want to regularly clean any gate latches or other surfaces on any paths across their property.

Public transport advice

View the  Government advice for travelling on public transport. (pdf / 724 KB)

Bus passes

Current restrictions on the use of bus passes have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments. Along with City of York Council we have temporarily enhanced the National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use services before 9am. Usually, passes cannot be used between 6am and 9am.

  • Arriva Tees & District
  • Hodgson’s Coaches
  • Reliance Motor Services
  • Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
  • Little White Bus
  • York Pullman Bus Company
  • Bus services operated by North Yorkshire County Council
  • East Yorkshire Motor Services
  • ConnexionsBuses (Harrogate Coach Travel)
  • Transdev
  • Procters Coaches
  • Arriva Yorkshire
  • Yorkshire Tiger
  • First Leeds
  • First York
  • Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

Bus times

Most buses are running, but some may be running less often or at different times. Check the most recent timetable with the bus operator.

View the  Government advice for travelling on public transport. (pdf / 724 KB)

Park and Rides

The start of the Scarborough park & ride and Whitby park & ride services has been postponed until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.