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

You may also be interested in the service disruption to other areas.

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 and active travel page.

Park and Rides

Whitby and Scarborough Park & Ride services will resume from 1 August 2020. 

  • Whitby Park & Ride will operate daily except Thursday when there is no service.
  • Scarborough Filey Road Park & Ride will operate daily.
  • Scarborough Seamer Road Park & Ride will remain closed for summer 2020.

Please remember that social distancing applies and that face coverings must be worn.

For more details, check the park and ride information.

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 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)

COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant

Recognising the importance of maintaining appropriate bus services for people on the frontline, including NHS Staff, to get to work and for other essential services The Government made £167 million available under a COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant to bus operators in response to the coronavirus outbreak for the 12-week period from 17 March to 8 June 2020.

We have been able to claim some of this grant to support operators who run services under contract to the authority. This is in addition to the amounts paid normally to operators for contracted services and through the English National Concessionary Transport Scheme, which we have maintained at pre-pandemic levels.

The additional COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant is to cover the loss of revenue owing to the reduction of passengers and some of the additional costs of safe operation through the current pandemic.

We claimed a total of £389,000 to pay operators to help services continue and to reimburse additional costs of operation such as vehicle adaptations and personal protective equipment.

In North Yorkshire 17 operators have received payments to support 92 services and maintain over 35 thousand kilometres of bus services per week, providing essential travel for those with no alternative transport and journeys to work for key workers.

Payments to operators for supporting services


Support provided

Number of routes supported

Arriva North East



Arriva Yorkshire



East Yorkshire Motor Services



G Abbott & Sons



Transdev Harrogate & District



Hodgsons Coach Operators



Transdev Keighley & District



Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire



NYCC Fleet



Procters Coaches (Dales & District)



Ryedale Community Transport



Thornes Independent



Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership



Upper Wharefedale Bus CIC



Whitby & District Community Transport



York Pullman Bus Co



Yorkshire Coastliner



In addition to the above, £23,000 has been claimed to reimburse operators for costs incurred in implementing COVID-19 safe operations measures such as personal protective equipment, hand sanitiser and dispensers, and the introduction of barriers and screens on vehicles.