COVID-19: Travelling Safely

Covid-19

Essential Travel
Please only travel for essential purposes. Travelling for a vaccination appointment, is classed as essential travel.

The Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 has meant that many of us have changed our travel behaviours; some of us travel less, perhaps choose to stay local or have changed how we get from A-B.

Keep up to date with the latest travel guidance to help you plan a safe journey.


Vaccination Travel

If you have a vaccination appointment and need advice or help on how to travel for it, you can contact THInC (Transport to Healthcare Information Centre) which provides advice on travelling to health or social care appointments across NHS Grampian. Contact 01467 536111 or email travel@thinc-hub.org (open 9am-4.30pm Mon to Fri).

If you need to car share to travel to your vaccination appointment, the Scottish Government have produced guidelines on precautions you can take when car sharing.

If your vaccination appointment is at the NHS Vaccination Centre at TECA the following information may be of use:

Read more on Travelling to TECA / P&J Live for a vaccination appointment

Details from First Bus on the X27 for travelling to TECA/P&J Live for a vaccination appointment.

Details on the 727 from Stagecoach about travelling to TECA/P&J Live for a vaccination appointment.

Stagecoach services 10 and 37 will stop on the A96 at P&J Live.

Cycle parking is available in both the surface and underground car parks at TECA/P&J live.

Travelling to TECA

If your vaccination appointment is at the NHS Vaccination Centre at TECA, this is a really useful video to watch ahead of your visit to help familiarise yourself with the process, particularly if you have not been to the venue before.
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General guidance

The Scottish Government have produced detailed guidance on travelling safely during the pandemic and it is updated regularly.

People who live in a Level 3 or 4 local authority area in Scotland are now required to stay in that area unless they have a reasonable excuse to travel, such as work, education, or welfare reasons. A vaccination appointment is considered essential travel.

In general, the advice is to:

Stay at home if you or anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms or if you are self-isolating.

Stay local as much as possible for goods, services and activities and continue to work from home where you can.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after every transport journey.

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Face coverings

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport, as they are now in many circumstances. The must be worn by all passengers and staff unless exempt.

Read the full guidance on face coverings from the Scottish Government

Young children are exempt from wearing a face covering, as are those people, for example, with health conditions for whom a face covering would be inappropriate.

If you want to let public transport staff know you are exempt, you can apply for an exemption card from the Scottish Government. Alternatively, if you already use a Thistle Assistance card, you can add your exemption to your details.

Public Transport

  • Scottish Government guidance currently advises minimising our use of public transport, where possible, to allow space for those who need to use it.
  • Only use public transport for essential purposes. Travelling for a vaccination appointment is considered essential travel.
  • Be mindful that there may be temporary restrictions or changes to timetables - plan ahead and read the latest advice from your operator.
  • If you can, pay for your ticket online, with a Smart Ticket, your operator's App, or contactless payment. This helps to can reduce cash handling.
  • Make sure to follow any signs and instructions from staff while on board, or as you wait.
Stagecoach

All buses continue to operate at a reduced capacity to help comply with the current social distancing advice while on your journey. To help you plan your trip in advance, Stagecoach have introduced a busy bus indicator available on their app.

Full details of these timetables are available online.

As these may be subject to change further, customers are advised to check for the latest information on their dedicated web page.


First Bus

With the latest version of the First Bus App you can now track your bus live on a map and it also displays how many seats are available on each bus.

Full details of these timetables are available online. As these may be subject to change further, customers are advised to check for the latest information on their dedicated web page.

ScotRail

To keep essential journeys going, more than 90% of normal services are in operation, with 100% of normal capacity provided during peak travel hours.

Physical distancing on trains and at stations is reduced to a minimum of one metre

Find out more about ScotRail's Five Rules for Safer Travel and other ways they are keeping passengers and staff safe while travelling.

Other Train operators
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Keep up to date with the current Covid-19 information on LNER and Cross Country trains.
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Active Travel

Many of us have enjoyed spending more time outdoors over the last few months and have been travelling actively - put simply a journey where your body is physically active for example walking, cycling or wheeling.

Aside from the physical and emotional benefits of active travel, talking this option during the outbreak does help as it will reduce pressure on the road network, and on public transport, where capacity is limited.

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Car Sharing

The Scottish Goverment are advising against car sharing with people outside of your own, or extended, household. If you have to car share outwith your household, for essential purposes, such as going to a vaccination appointment. Please read the full car sharing advice from the Scottish Government.

The team at Liftshare have produced the following guidance: